Ex Libris Kirkland

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First Written 1890
Genre Fiction
Origin UK
Publisher Newcastle Publishing
My Copy cheap paperback, published 1974
First Read May 10, 2013

Eric Brighteyes

I think I like Haggard because he was a popular author from another time. These books are adventure stories for boys, and seem to reflect the popular moral character of the late 1800s. It's weird how the virtues of his heroes and villains are different from today, but also how they're different from more highbrow literature of the time.

Noted on May 10, 2013

I love H. Rider Haggard, either because or in spite of his weird, awkward prose. This is the worst example of it I've ever come across, because it's written as some kind of fake medieval saga.

Noted on May 10, 2013

"Men may win one good thing, and that is fame, Eric."

"Nay, Gudruda, what is it to win fame? Is it not to raise up foes, as it were, from the very soil, who, made with secret hate, seek to stab us in the back? Is it not to lose peace, and toil on from height to height only to be hurled down at last? Happy, then, is the man whom fame flies from, for hers is a deadly gift."

Quoted on May 10, 2013

"Wolves take him for a fool!" said Eric in anger. "He will ride to Middalhof and sing my death-song, and that will sound sadly in some ears."

"It is pleasant, lord," said Skallagrim, "when good tidings dog the heels of bad, and womenfolk can spare some tears and be little poorer."

Quoted on May 10, 2013

This is wisdom: to satisfy the longing of thy youth; for age creeps on apace and beyond is darkness.

Quoted on May 10, 2013

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