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Man-Eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett

Man-Eaters of Kumaon (1944)

by Jim Corbett

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Jim Corbett was every inch a hero, something like a "sahib" Davy Crockett: expert in the ways of the jungle, fearless in the pursuit of man-eating big cats, and above all a crack shot. Brought up on a hill-station in north-west India, he killed his first leopard before he was nine and went on to achieve a legendary reputation as a hunter. Corbett was also an author of great renown. His books on the man-eating tigers he once tracked are not only established classics, but have by themselves created almost a separate literary genre. Man Eaters of Kumaon is the best known of Corbett's books, one which offers ten fascinating and spine-tingling tales of pursuing and shooting tigers in the Indian Himalayas during the early years of this century. The stories also offer first-hand information about the exotic flora, fauna, and village life in this obscure and treacherous region of India, making it as interesting a travelogue as it is a compelling look at a bygone era of big-game hunting.… (more)

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Jim Corbett's classic describing the Bengal Tigers of India ( )
  atufft | Jun 14, 2019 |
For me, this is clearly a 'Don't judge a book by it's cover' case, but in the other way around.
A was randomly searching for a book one day and stumbled upon this one. I found the cover quite amazing and the synopsis written in the back felt like a cliff hanger of some sort of adventure book. But boy was I wrong when I read it! Turns out that it is one of those books which are filled with referrence-like informations and fails the reader to grasp or visualize the incidents that were happening, or at least that was how I felt.
Considering when it was originally written, I cannot blame the conservationist. Reading the Hindi terms in English is also a jaw breaking experience. All I can say is that it could have been better.
If this book wasn't the last poly packed piece in the store, then I would have read it a bit and would have thought twice before buying it. ( )
  arnab_fouzder | Feb 21, 2019 |
His team tracked them, he shot them, and then he wrote it up. Leopards are more dangerous than Tigers, who are meaner than Lions. This is a curious by-way of British Indian history. I first encountered this book as a Reader's Digest Condensed Book, and it wears well on the re-read. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Mar 14, 2015 |
better than i thought. ( )
  mahallett | Feb 1, 2014 |
A classic chest-thumping adventure story.
  AlCracka | Apr 2, 2013 |
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