The African Queen

A classic story of adventure and romance the novel that inspired the legendary movie starring Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey BogartA fast moving tale and a very good yarnMr Forester again and again proves himself a master of suspense New York Times Book ReviewAs World War I reaches the heart of the African jungle, Charlie Allnutt and Rose Sayer, a dishevelled traderA classic story of adventure and romance the novel that inspired the legendary movie starring Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey BogartA fast moving tale and a very good yarnMr Forester again and again proves himself a master of suspense New York Times Book ReviewAs World War I reaches the heart of the African jungle, Charlie Allnutt and Rose Sayer, a dishevelled trader and an English spinster missionary, find themselves thrown together by circumstance Fighting time, heat, malaria, and bullets, they make their escape on the rickety steamboat The African Queend hatch their own outrageous military plan Originally published in 1935, The African Queen is a tale replete with vintage Forester drama unrelenting suspense, reckless heroism, impromptu military manoeuvres, near death experiences and a good old fashioned love story to boot.
The African Queen A classic story of adventure and romance the novel that inspired the legendary movie starring Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey BogartA fast moving tale and a very good yarnMr Forester again and again pr

  • Title: The African Queen
  • Author: C.S. Forester Michael Kitchen
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  • Page: 304
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    1. For the first time in 2017 I participated in bingo in the group catching up on classics. One square is read a classic romance and initially I was thrown for a loss because I do not even read contemporary romance as a genre. After typing classic romance into lists one of the books offered was The African Queen by C. S. Forester. I had been exposed to the movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn many times because it is one of my mother's favorite movies, but had never read the 1935 cl [...]

    2. This novel by C.S. Forester was published in 1935. The more famous movie was filmed in 1951. I saw the movie first, so when I read the book I pictured, in my mind, Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. Nothing unusual about that, I imagine everyone does the same. But it has been many years since I saw the movie, and then only once, so I don’t remember if the movie followed the book, or not so much. So, the point of all this rambling is, as I read the book all the scenes were playing in my min [...]

    3. This 1935 classic is a wonderful old-fashioned love story full of adventure and suspense. Set deep in the African jungle with WWI about to break loose, prim and proper missionary Rosie Sayer and scruffy trader Charlie Allnut, an unlikely pair to say the least, escape down the Ulanga River in his old beat-up boat The African Queen to escape the Germans.While enduring infestations of biting flies, masses of mosquitos, bouts of malaria and flying bullets to boot, Rosie and Charlie fall in love and [...]

    4. (view spoiler)[Bettie's BooksThe rating, any status updates, and those bookshelves, indicate my feelings for this book. (hide spoiler)]

    5. If you think the movie was good, wait until you read the book! The book was written in 1935, so while Germans were the bad guys, they weren't the villains of the 1951 movie. It made for a much better ending. (view spoiler)[ The Germans don't want to hang them or stupidly run into the African Queen, but drop them off with the English after giving them clothes. The last sentence of the novel almost had me spraying coffee "Whether or not they lived happily ever after is not easily decided."(hide sp [...]

    6. I was a big fan of C.S. Forester's Hornblower series and had become completely enthralled by that world. So reading The African Queen and other Forester works like The General directly after finishing the Hornblower series felt strange. I still enjoyed them. Forester was a very solid writer. But those books were their own thing, separated by time and setting. It took some switching of gears to get into them and then they were done. Finished before I could get invested in the characters as I had [...]

    7. [7/10] The launch hardly seemed worthy of her grandiloquent name of African Queen . She was squat, flat-bottomed, and thirty feet long. Her paint was peeling off her, and she reeked of decay. A tattered awning roofed in six feet of the stern; amidships stood the engine and boiler, with the stumpy funnel reaching up just higher than the awning. Two people are thrown together into this derelict boat by the fortunes of war. It is 1914 and the events in Europe are echoed in the middle of Africa as t [...]

    8. If you do a quick scan through reviews for this book, quite a number of them read something like this:is is one case where the movie was better.I should have just stuck with the movie and not bothered with the bookThe book pales in comparison with the movied so onThat's all fine and well. Yes, the movie is excellent. Yes, books brought to life are often much more interesting than the original work itself. But can't books just be reviewed on their own, without having to compare them to their cine [...]

    9. As World War One breaks out, the two lead characters in this book are deep in German Central Africa. The first, the spinster sister of the reverend, who has spent ten years at his side is left alone after her brother passes away. The second is an engineer from a Belgian gold mine two hundred miles further upstream.Two English people, in the circumstances of the war, they have little other option but to band together to try and find a way out, in the small near derelict launch named The African Q [...]

    10. I really got into this wartime adventure romance even if it is sometimes on the corny side. I saw the Bogart and Hepburn movie version years ago, and I don't remember enough if it faithfully follows the novel. Rose Sayer, the thirty-three-year-old missionary's sister, is a tough heroine, sort of an early twentieth-century Laura Croft with a British accent. She and Charlie Allnutt make a great pair of protagonists in their far-fetched mission to take out the German warship on the African lake. Th [...]

    11. I have never watched the movie (only brief clips) so I was fresh to the story. And what a great story! Some of the hottest, sexiest scenes conveyed in non-explicit language. He does what all great authors do, let you imagine you are there and fantasize. 5 Stars

    12. The African Queen by C.S. ForesterWhat can I really say about the book The African Queen that isn’t already well-known as an award-winning movie? Originally published in 1935, this exceptional book was fairly closely reproduced in the movie in 1951 with relatively minor changes, the most obvious being that the main male character, Charlie Allnutt, was (and is) written as a Cockney character, whereas Humphrey Bogart, who played the role, was unable to carry this accent off and the character was [...]

    13. The only example I can think of where the movie is, hands down, better than the book.Forrester can describe boats and nautical stuff better than anyone but he cannot write romance at all.

    14. The African Queen is one of those few ass-kicking novels that comes along and reminds me that there is the occasional sparkling gem of classic genius buried beneath the massive dung heap of contemporary fiction. Don't read this book to find the movie in written form. The book and the movie are two different things. The film features Katharine Hepburn in varying states of gorgeous as she travels wild-eyed down a river with the inimitable Humphrey Bogart in an opposites-attract love story. The nov [...]

    15. A fun, fast book though the ending was different from the movie version. I must have seen Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in the film 10 times & it was interesting to get to know the characters a bit more in depth.

    16. I don't remember when I read this but it is so good. It's even better than the movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn

    17. From BBC Radio 4 - Drama:Samantha Bond and Toby Jones star in a new dramatisation of C.S. Forester's classic World War 1 novel.Set in 1915, Rose Sayer's work as a missionary comes to an abrupt end when the village she and her brother, Reverend Samuel Sayer, live in is invaded by the German army. Samuel dies of fever and Rose blames the ungodly Germans for having ground him down and frightened off the entire village.Patriotically, but naively, Rose conceives of blowing up a German warship thus he [...]

    18. Before Horatio Hornblower, there were Charlie Allnut and Rose Sayer coaxing an elderly wheezing boat down a river in central Africa. Includes probably the 6 most thrilling running the rapids pages ever written.

    19. The African Queen by C.S. Forester might be better known for the movie based on this excellent book. I've seen this movie, starring Kate Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart many times and I'm glad to finally have finally sat down to enjoy the book.The book was originally published in 1935 and is set during the First World War in Central Africa. I've read a fair bit about WWI but generally it's been focused on the European theater. It was interesting to read a book set in this location. Rose Sayer and he [...]

    20. I'd always loved the Horatio Hornblower books; separately, I loved the Bogart/Hepburn film The African Queen. I had no idea that the latter was based on a book by the author of the former.The majority of this book is charming. At the same time, it's an adventure tale and a romance. Rose the missionary's sister is a passionate, ingenious, and courageous woman who always smothered her own spirit in service to her brother's dreams. Allnut is a bit lazy, a bit of a coward, and not all that bright. I [...]

    21. Fun stuff! Two very different Brits team up for a wartime adventure on an African river. The characters were quirky, a bit snarly, but lovable. I was rooting for them both the whole time, even when they were at each other's throats.

    22. This falls somewhere around a 2.50 for me. I liked the movie better, although it was a very long time ago I saw it. Parts of the book, particularly the arc of Rose’s character development, seemed highly unlikely. In ten days she goes from a repressed spinster and a woman completely subservient to men all her life, especially her minister brother, to an assertive, take-charge type who’s discovered her sensual side, completely forgetting her upbringing and conditioning of 33 years. There was a [...]

    23. At some stage in one’s life we end up seeing The African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart & Katherine Hepburn. It is a great film and universally admired. Well, its foundation is from this novel by C.S. Forster. I’m a fan of his writings as you will know from my previous reviews on the Hornblower series. Forester epitomises the 30s to 50s adult adventure writer. The books are not literary masterpieces, but at the same time, they have great characterisation and depth to the plot.Like all Fo [...]

    24. A neat little story! I have always admired C.S. Forester's writing and the African Queen is no different, He has an ability to describe a complicated scene in a way that the reader can't picture the action as it happens and understand it (that is one of the reasons his "Hornblower" series is such a hit) and in this book his description down the river is fantastic reading. I do enjoy the subtleness between the two characters and there relationship nuances. I just find sometimes that the book brea [...]

    25. I’ve seen the movie, and loved it, and the book does not disappoint. Mr Allnutt, and Rose Sayer, are exactly the same as the movie, and I really enjoyed this story.

    26. It seemed absurd that there was nothing two people with a boat full of explosives could do to an enemy in whose midst they found themselves, and yet so it appeared. (pp. 22-3) In 1935 C. S. Forester published his World War I adventure story, The African Queen. It begins with missionaries, Samuel and Rose Sayer (brother & sister), deep in Central Africa (Tanzania). They have been working diligently with the African people for ten years when WWI begins and the Germans come and conscript the vi [...]

    27. Probably just about everyone I know has seen John Huston's film adaptation of "The African Queen " it may be one of the top flims of the last century. Huston followed the book for the most part, however he opted for a Hollywood ending. The novel is somewhat darker. Rose Sayer is a 33 year old English Women and the housekeeper of her Brother,Samuel,a missionary in central Africa,World War one has just begun and the German military has conscripted the Natives of their village and Samuel is dead.wh [...]

    28. * * * 1/2The First World War has broken out, and the German forces are collecting all of their troops in German East Africa and seizing as many supplies within that territory as possible. This puts a significant dent in missionary Samuel's ability to minister to the local population. In despair, he eventually succumbs to a fever, leaving his sister, Rose, on her own except for the Cockney ship captain, Charlie Allnutt, who delivers their mail. Rose, furious with the Germans for indirectly killin [...]

    29. Have you seen the movie, the one with Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart? I remember watching it with my mom several times when I was younger, so when I saw a fabulous old version at a used book sale, I grabbed it.Rose is the adult sister of a Christian missionary. She's been in Africa for years, working alongside her brother as his housekeeper and companion. Allnut is a man-of-all-work, engineer and "captain" of the tiny boat The African Queen. When the German army has conscripted all their [...]

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