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Swallow is a Dutch girl raised in South Africa among the Kaffirs. Lonely, she gazes from shore over the waves of a storm-tossed sea, and dreams of a brother entering her life . . . and soon finds herself face-to-face with a shipwrecked waif cast ashore by the storm. Swallow grows to love the English boy Ralph Kenzie. He returns her love -- but must face the murderous SwartSwallow is a Dutch girl raised in South Africa among the Kaffirs. Lonely, she gazes from shore over the waves of a storm-tossed sea, and dreams of a brother entering her life . . . and soon finds herself face-to-face with a shipwrecked waif cast ashore by the storm. Swallow grows to love the English boy Ralph Kenzie. He returns her love -- but must face the murderous Swart Piet, who is intent on taking Swallow for himself -- and equally set on bringing war to the region. Torn from Ralph's side, Swallow faces adventures of her own alongside Sihamba, the Kaffir witch-doctoress.H. Rider Haggard (1856-1925), author of "King Solomon's Mines, " combines romance and exotic adventure in this novel of the Voortrekkers of 1836....

Title : Swallow: A Tale of the Great Trek
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ISBN : 9781603122696
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Number of Pages : 236 Pages
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Swallow: A Tale of the Great Trek Reviews

  • Shafaet Ashraf
    2019-04-07 14:55

    এই প্রথম হ্যাগার্ডের কোন বই সরাসরি ইংরেজিতে পড়লাম, সেবা থেকে এত বেশি হ্যাগার্ডের অনুবাদ বের হয় যে আসলটা পড়া কখনো দরকার হয়নি। এই বইটা অন্য বইগুলোর তুলনায় কিছুটা ধীরগতির মনে হলো, তবে কাহিনী বর্ণনার ধরণটা অন্য বইয়ের থেকে কিছুটা ভিন্ন। বইটা পড়ার সময় মাথায় ঘুরছিলো, সেইসময় মানুষের জীবনই কি ধীরগতির ছিলো, শিকার করতে একটু দূরে যাচ্ছেতো তিন দিন পেরিয়ে গেলো, জঙ্গল থেকে শহরের দিকে ওয়্যাগন নিয়ে যাচ্ছেতো ২ সপ্তাহ পেরিয়ে গেলো ফিরে আসতে, বার্তাবাহক ২বছর পর ফিরে আসছে উত্তর নিয়ে, এসব কি এখন কল্পনাও করা যায়? আবার ১০০ বছর পরের মানুষ নিশ্চিতভাবে আমাদের ধীরগতির কথা ভেবে অবাক হবে।হ্যাগার্ডের একটা বড় গুণ মনে হয়, তার মাঝারি মানের বইগুলো পড়তেও ভালো লাগে!

  • শুভঙ্কর শুভ
    2019-04-19 18:11

    কিছু নতুনত্ব থাকলেও একঘেয়েমি লাগলো! তবে রুপান্তরিকের রুপান্তর ভালো ছিলো ফলে বইটায় আটকে ছিলাম।

  • Sandy
    2019-04-05 13:03

    No, this is not the Linda Lovelace biography. (Oops, sorry...bad joke.) Rather, "Swallow" is yet another fine piece of adventure fantasy from the so-called "father of lost-race fiction," H. Rider Haggard. In addition to some 14 novels depicting the adventures of hunter Allan Quatermain, Haggard penned some dozen or so other books that were set in the wilds of Africa. "Swallow," his 22nd novel, was written in 1896, but did not see publication until January 1899. It is a somewhat unique book in the Haggard canon, being narrated, as it is, by an old Boer woman, the Vrouw Botmar, who is anything but sympathetic to the cause of British imperialism. She tells her story of the Great Trek of 1836, and all the many incidents surrounding it. And what a tale this is indeed! Truth to tell, it is primarily a love story. It seems that Vrouw Botmar's daughter, Suzanne, had been kidnapped on her wedding day by Swart Piet, as insane and cunningly nasty a villain as any that Haggard ever dreamed up. A half breed who consorts with native witch doctors, Piet is as dark a character as his name suggests. Suzanne's husband, the English castaway Ralph Kenzie, spends years trying to recover his lost bride, who is known to the natives as the eponymous Swallow. Fortunately for young Suzanne, she is accompanied through much of her travails by yet another of Haggard's remarkable female characters, Sihamba Ngenyanga, a diminutive witch doctoress who owes her life to Suzanne and has sworn lifelong fidelity to her. The two women wind up seeking refuge at Sihamba's old native village, perched atop a mountain (near what I infer to be modern-day northern Lesotho). A good thing, too, when the Zulus go on the warpath and besiege the town...Haggard doesn't seem to have any agenda in "Swallow" other than telling a thrilling tale of action and romance, with some mystical elements thrown into the mix and some historical backdrop to add authenticity, and God bless him for it. No deep ideas are propounded in this novel, but what a pageturner it is! The book's villain, Swart Piet, is at least as mad as "The Spirit of Bambatse"'s Jacob Meyer, more coldhearted than "Jess"'s Frank Muller and more lust-crazed than "Marie"'s Hernando Pereira, three of Haggard's other great villains. Strangely enough, as in some other Haggard titles, such as "The Spirit of Bambatse," "Stella Fregelius" and "Mr. Meeson's Will," a shipwreck plays a large part in the development of the story here, delivering, as it does, Ralph Kenzie to the Botmar family. Haggard loved throwing supernatural/mystical elements into even his most realistic fictions, and "Swallow" is no exception. Here, the separated Ralph and Suzanne are capable of communicating through their dreams, which they do, to their salvation, in more than one instance during the course of the book. The tale also features one of the most heroic horses that I have ever read of, a nameless roan that saves the day on at least three occasions, and whose ultimate fate actually had me getting a little misty eyed. Besides being a marvelously moving and entertaining tale, "Swallow" also turns out to be something of a lesson in history, teaching us about a period of southern Africa that I daresay many modern readers are unfamiliar with. We also learn something of Boer life, as well. Who, for example, knew that a poultice of cabbage leaves is good for a horse's swollen legs?Anyway, this really is a book with a little something for everyone, and was very well received when it first appeared in print. "The Charleston News" called it "a remarkable romance"; the "Chicago Tribune" pronounced it "utterly engrossing"; the New Orleans "Picayune" thought it "a thrilling tale, brimming over with adventure"; the "Milwaukee Sentinel" felt it was "a thrilling and unusual story," and even better than "She" (I'm not sure that I agree with that last part!); and "The Philadelphia Press" said that "it is questionable if the author has ever produced a story in all respects better than this." Well, I would disagree with that last blurb, too--"Nada the Lily" is, I feel, Haggard's most remarkable African romance--but the point is that "Swallow" really is a novel that will please just about any reader. I more than highly recommend it.

  • Luckngrace
    2019-04-05 10:05

    My favorite author is Wilbur Smith, the African adventure author, and now I know where he got the legends and ideas he so deftly describes. From H. Rider Haggard! This author lived from the mid 1800's to the 1920's and wrote many, many books set in his beloved Africa. After reading Swallow, I immediately went to Amazon and purchased HRH's complete collection. He's that good. Besides adventure, Haggard gives us lessons in love, loyalty, surprises good and bad and a priceless look at the first white colonists who fled Europe's tyrannies to build a new civilization in the beautiful, but deadly land of Africa. Courage was the norm in that time; common sense, not so much. Savagery from wild animals and wilder human enemies threatened trekkers as they moved across the continent in search of food, freedom and peace in that order. Many Haggard books are freebies on Kindle. I invite all lovers of clean, exciting adventure to begin with Swallow.

  • George
    2019-04-08 12:59

    Written in1898, a story of the Great Trek of 1836 by the Boers. The story is narrated by Swallow’s mother 50 years later near the end of her life dictating it to her great granddaughter. It is essentially love story involving Swallow and Ralph with a variety of complications for the couple thrown in as well as the usual moral and philosophical digressions by the narrator in Haggard’s novels. Haggard’s love stories never go smoothly. As usual, there is the ever villainous unwanted rival who seeks the girl at any cost while seeking to kill her husband who provides constant threats to both throughout the story.

  • Shifat Mohiuddin
    2019-04-23 14:10

    হ্যাগার্ডের অন্য বইয়ের চেয়ে বেশ আলাদা। শুরু আর সমাপ্তি সলিড কিন্তু মাঝপথে কাহিনী বেশ ধীর হয়ে যায়। তবে পাঁড় হ্যাগার্ডভক্ত হওয়ায় ভাল না লেগে উপায় ছিল না।

  • David
    2019-04-24 12:24

    Of the Rider Haggard books I have read so far, this is definitely one of my favourites. In many ways it is a conventional adventure- romance story with shipwrecks separated lover and a vile villain. However, Haggard has a lot of fun with the narrator- an elderly Boer- who is equally disparaging of all peoples. He also describes the South African landscapes with great affection. Unlike many of his other novels which suffer from over verbose dialogue stifling the pace of the action, this novel cracks along at a fantastic rate and leaves you genuinely disappointed as it ends.

  • Fantasy Literature
    2019-04-13 11:06

    4 stars from Sandy:

  • Laura Verret
    2019-04-17 14:16