A plant hunter, Karl Linden, and his brother Caspar are on their way to the Himalayas to collect the plants of that region. Many adventures befell the brothers and their guides, all of which led to their being trapped in the mountains. This is a story of their escape from those mountains. (Ann Boulais)
First Page:The Cliff Climbers A Sequel to "The Plant Hunters"
By Captain Mayne Reid The book begins with two young brothers and an Indian guide, in a valley in the Himalayas, into which they had ascended with some difficulty in the preceding book "The Plant Hunters".
Unfortunately they find they cannot get out at the top of the valley, and they cannot go back the way they came. So they are stuck.
They try various ingenious ideas for getting out, each of which appears as though it would work, but in the end does not, usually in a quite entertaining way. Eventually they do think of a way, which I will not divulge here, and they get out, but it had been a long nerve racking period before their final release.
The copy of the book I worked from looked at first sight as though it had been beautifully printed. But this turned out to be a delusion, for the type setting had been truly awful. It does seem sad that an author, a well known one at the time, could take the trouble to write a good book, that he should use a good publisher, and a good illustrator, a good book binder, only to have the whole thing let down by very poor type setting... Continue reading book >>
The Young Yägers, Hans and Hendrik Von Bloom, Groot Willem and Arend Van Wyk, are again on a hunting expedition. This time, the reader will find their old acquaintances in Africa, on the banks of the Limpopo River. Here our young adventurers are looking for sport and wild animals.
First Page:The Giraffe Hunters, by Captain Mayne Reid.
ARRIVAL AT THE PROMISED LAND.
In that land of which we have so many records of early and high civilisation, and also such strong evidences of present barbarism, the land of which we know so much and so little, the land where Nature exhibits some of her most wonderful creations and greatest contrasts, and where she is also prolific in the great forms of animal and vegetable life, there, my young reader, let us wander once more. Let us return to Africa, and encounter new scenes in company with old friends.
On the banks of the Limpopo brightly blazes a hunter's fire, around which the reader may behold three distinct circles of animated beings. The largest is composed of horses, the second of dogs, and the lesser or inner one, of young men, whom many of my readers will recognise as old acquaintances.
I have but to mention the names of Hans and Hendrik Von Bloom, Groot Willem and Arend Van Wyk, to make known that The Young Yagers are again on a hunting expedition. In the one in which we now encounter them, not all the parties are inspired by the same hopes and desires... Continue reading book >>