The narrative style was definitely different from the modern adventures novels I've read, but it was still fairly entertaining. A sojourn across desert and mountains, instigating a civil war, nearly buried alive ... fun stuff. Granted, there were more than a few moments when I wanted to shout, "Are you stupid?!" But it's Allan Quartermain. He's in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and was played by Sean Connery; you have to read at least one of his stories just for that.