Sunday, June 28, 2015

Short Review: Ayesha: The Return of She by H. Rider Haggard

In Ayesha, the sequel to H.Rider Haggard's hugely popular She (1886), the heroes, Horace Holly and Leo Vincy travel to Tibet and finally reach a Central Asian kingdom where the priestess Hesea, they believe is She/ Ayesha reincarnated. With Haggard falling in love with his own heroine and trying to show her in a more and more positive light, the other woman : Amenartas (or Khania Atene as she is called in this incarnation) becomes more and more villainous. As for that yet another woman: Ustane who nursed Leo so faithfully and tirelessly in the first book, she is given all of one line.

Indeed, little women get nothing in the grand designs of great women!

First Line: VERILY and indeed it is the unexpected that happens!
Publishing Details: London & Glasgow: Collins, 1957
Introduction: J. B. Foreman
First Published: 1905
Series: Ayesha series # 2
Pages: 350
Source: CL [823.912 H12A]
Other books read of the same author: She: A History of Adventure