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4.0 out of 5 stars India at its most Fasinating,
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This review is from: Man-Eaters of Kumaon (Paperback)Great reading from one of the best old time hunters . These hunters lived a very dangerous exsistance in the early years in India
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood revisited.,
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This review is from: Man-Eaters of Kumaon (Paperback)I read tis book when it first was published. I was 11 years old at the time, and these true exploits of Jim Corbett scared the hell out of me! So, it was with some trepidation that I decided to reread the book now I'm in my late seventies. I have found before that rereading books that left a major inpression on me, in my youth, often leaves me wondering what all the fuss was about.
This book retained its ability to scare the hell out of me. I thought, as a child, that I probably wouldn't be able to match Corbett's courage when I grew up. Now I know I was right! I am no coward, but some of the situations that Corbett puts himself into during the course of hunting down man-eating tigers are beyond rational belief.
He writes very well, and you'll find yourself with him in the Jungle, with night closing in, waiting for a man-eater to arrive, but not being too sure which direction it'll be coming from! And, as he's already given very graphic descriptions of the tiger's last kill, the hair on the back of your neck will be standing on end. I hope you make it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting adventures!,
This review is from: Man-Eaters of Kumaon (Paperback)I got this book under very odd circumstances my friend had a box full of old books and offered me a copy of Jim Corbett's wonderful novel. I toke it home and never touched it for over 2 years until my father found it my room and to both his and my surprised exclaimed this was his favourite novel when he was young. I read the book with no idiea or knowledge of hunting infact iam mainly against hunting espcially endangered species such as tigers. That night i was completely swept away in the land of India the novel is so well detailed and so descriptive you feel you are there with Corbett in the indian jungle. Corbett was a gentleman and a fantastic hunter though he was no arrogant man who relished in bloodshed. He respected these creatures and merely killed when no alternative was available and the animals had already become maneaters. The suspense is unnerving when you read that the tiger is somewhere close at hand and Corbett is sat in the pitch dark listening for his prey and you almost want to shout at Jim to look out! The charm of these books is the pure adventure and world the author creates and somehow knowing it's all true gives it even more thrills. Read this book it is a wonderful novel and each story has it's appeal this man was a noble gentleman who weaves his stories into something charming and exciting! No need to be a hunting fan to enjoy this great book simply have a love for adventure and different cultures for Corbett pays as much attention to the lands and people as his own ventures!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great man's great book,
This review is from: Man-Eaters of Kumaon (Paperback)After reading this book I have so much respect for Jim Corbett. He truly was a gentleman and a big-hearted at that. He had so much respect for the native people he lived with. Throughout his stories he gives credits for others and never to himself. Although he hunted all alone and on foot, he never claimed himself to be the "Greate white hunter". The stories are so interesting, feels like you are with him all the time. He has even inspired me thru this book. Its worth LOT more than its price. He was such a nice gentleman, he always cared for the victims of man-eaters. Time and again he shows his concerns. He makes sure he thanks them. He talks about their courage but never once writes about his courage. He is one big-hearted gentleman just like his tigers.
4.0 out of 5 stars Man-Eaters of Kumaon,
This review is from: Man-Eaters of Kumaon (Paperback)I read this book many years ago and lost my copy. I bought another copy to make sure I had it in my library.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Man Eaters of Kuamon",
This review is from: Man-Eaters of Kumaon (Paperback)Creeping through the jungle with Jim Corbett following the blood trail of a man eating tiger will make the hair on your neck prickle! Magnificently written and modestly understated accounts of the most intense form of individual bravery imaginable leave you feeling as though you accompanied him all the way. It's as close as you can get without being there.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Adventure Classic -- Tiger Tales (Tails?),
This review is from: Man-Eaters of Kumaon (Paperback)Like many other reviewers, I read "Man-Eaters of Kumaon" many years ago, in junior high school (1951) to be exact. Corbett's book is truly unique in that it is not only a story of high adventure, hunting man-eating tigers in northern India, but it also places the reader in an era that is little-understood today: post-Victorian colonial India.
Just as fascinating as the tracking and killing of the tigers are Corbett's descriptions of the devastation of the poor Indian hill people wrought by tigers who preyed upon them. It is clear that he had respect for the helpless villagers who desperately sought his help as well as for the tigers which he was forced to kill. His writing also expresses a profound love for India.
One correction I must point out is that the hunts in this book took place in the northern hill country and forests, not in the "jungle." Jim Corbett was a keen observer of his surroundings, its wildlife, and its people. It is a window into an era that is now gone.
Hunting tigers is a dangerous game-- extremely so for man-eating tigers which have no fear of man. Alone, on foot, and armed with a double "express" rifle with only iron sights (no telescopic sights here!), the odds are stacked in favor of the tiger. To hunt a tiger once is to place one's self in grave danger but to do it again and again and again....? That takes incredible courage.
If you have never read this book, try it. It gives you a better look at hunting tigers than the old Stewart Granger movie "Harry Black and the Tiger."
5.0 out of 5 stars A Legendary Classic,
This review is from: Man-Eaters of Kumaon (Paperback)I first read this book 30 years ago and since then it has been read by my children, my wife, and most of my extended family. Most people return the book with an expression of joy and wonder saying "Wow, did all of that really happen?" Corbett instilled in me my love for the out of doors and hunting. I only regret that the India of Jim Corbett is rapidly disappearing.
Anyone of any age who loves stories of animals and nature spiced with the suspense of a good mystery will love this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars 10 Great Stories About Hunting the "True" King of Beasts,
This review is from: Man-Eaters of Kumaon (Paperback)Jim Corbett was one of eight children of a colonial postmaster stationed in the foothills of the Himalaya in India. He was born in 1875 and started hunting when he was eight years old. Between 1907 and 1938, he hunted a number of "man eating" tigers and leopards-including the Champawat Man Eater, which was responsible for over 400 deaths, and the the Rudraprayag Leopard, which was rumored to have been responsible for over 125 deaths. When a new man eater began to wreak havoc, the village people called on "Carpet Sahib" for help. In this book, which was first published in 1944, Corbett tells ten exciting and enlightening stories that keep the reader turning pages to see how they turn out. Sometimes the reader begins to wonder whether Corbett will get the tiger or the tiger will get him. Listen to Corbett tell of his meeting with the Chowgarh Tigress who killed at least 64 people and maybe twice that...
"As I stepped clear of the giant slate, I looked behind me over my right shoulder and--looked straight into the tigress' face. I would like you to have a clear picture of the situation. Her fore paws were stretched out and her hind legs were well tucked under her. Her head, which was raised a few inches off her paws, was eight feet from me. On her face was a smile, similar to that one sees on the face of a dog welcoming his master home after a long absence."
5.0 out of 5 stars Read and read again!,
This review is from: Man-Eaters of Kumaon (Paperback)I first read this book when I was about 12 years old. I have picked it up and lost myself in it many times in the last half century. For a hunter, Corbetts world is unique and, very sadly, gone from the face of the earth. Only Capstick comes close to these hunting stories.
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Man-Eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett (Paperback - Feb. 18 2003)
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