Review of “She” by H. Rider Haggard

I read this book to the little guy and I enjoyed it very much. The baby obviously gets nothing from the story, but it’s fun to read to him anyhow. The novel had some interesting thoughts on men and women and their interaction, which kept my interest as much as the plot. Anyway, I don’t have much to say, since it’s the sort of book for which Wikipedia does a wonderful job. Read about the book there if you have time.

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One Response to Review of “She” by H. Rider Haggard

  1. Hail says:

    “[Late Victorian] England was increasingly beset by the social and cultural anxieties… [such as a] fear of political and racial decline, encapsulated in Max Nordau’s Degeneration (1895)

    One almost wonders if the originators of these “racial decline” ideas back then got a psychic glimpse of the future, of our present and our coming future. USA will be majority non-European in 30 years. Most European states are on target to become “majority non-European” sometime late this century.

    In short: When they said “decline”, did they lean more heavily on de-Europeanization, or on native degeneration with no change in racial-stock?

    His distaste for the Boers stemmed in part from their depiction as a ‘mixed’ race, descended from various European stock and intermarried with African locals. Lack of racial purity was seen as leading to evolutionary degeneration and national decline…”

    This second quote seems to confirm (the spirit of) my first comment above. “Racial decline” largely meant “de-Europeanization of the gene pool”.

    On another note, he (or the Wiki-writer) must be confusing “Boers” for the group we now call “Cape Coloureds”, a mulatto class who speak Afrikaans. The actual Boers (Afrikaners), who founded their own inland republics (absorbed into the British Empire after the Boer Wars), and who remain today a majority of the whites in South Africa, are as unmixed as American whites.

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