The Man-Eaters of Tsavo: The Incredible True Story That Inspired the Motion Picture "the Ghost and the Darkness Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1996
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In 1898 John H. Patterson arrived in East Africa with a mission to build a railway bridge over the Tsavo River. What started out as a simple engineering problem, however, soon took on almost mythical proportions as Patterson and his mostly Indian workforce were systematically hunted by two man-eating lions over the course of several weeks. During that time, 100 workers were killed, and the entire bridge-building project ground to a halt. As if the lions weren't enough, Patterson had to guard his back against his own increasingly hostile and mutinous workers as he set out to track and kill the man-eaters. This larger-than-life tale forms the basis of the entertaining film The Ghost and the Darkness, but for readers who want to know the whole--and true--story, The Man-Eaters of Tsavo comes straight from the great white-hunter's mouth.
Patterson's account of the lions' reign of terror and his own subsequent attempts to kill them is the stuff of great adventure, and his unmistakably Victorian manner of telling it only adds to the thrill. Consider this description of the aftermath of an attack by the lions: "...we at once set out to follow the brutes, Mr. Dalgairns feeling confident that he had wounded one of them, as there was a trail on the sand like that of the toes of a broken limb.... we saw in the gloom what we at first took to be a lion cub; closer inspection, however, showed it to be the remains of the unfortunate coolie, which the man-eaters had evidently abandoned at our approach. The legs, one arm and half the body had been eaten, and it was the stiff fingers of the other arm trailing along the sand which had left the marks we had taken to be the trail of a wounded lion...." This classic tale of death, courage, and terror in the African bush is still a page-turner, even after all these years. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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First published in 1907, this title depicts the author's adventures in Africa. One incident, involving two man-eating lions that were preying on railroad workers, is the basis for the current feature film The Ghost and the Darkness. Fans of true adventure will be interested in this.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Patterson is not very good at keeping the suspense and divulges many secrets long before they happen. There is therefore no element of surprise. Patterson did not give me the impression of either being a good tracker or a good shot. I also did not like the way he describes the man-eaters (brutes) and their victims (wretches).
Even though this book will look good in anyone's personal collection (as it is a part of history), a really riviting man-eater hunting book would be that of Jim Corbett.
My overall impression of this book - 'Much ado about nothing'
Also of note are the stunning photographs of the wildlife, land, and natives. They add immensely to the book, although it can be argued a good book needs no pictures. The pictures, in addition to the large font, make this book a short, but enjoyable read.
The story of the predation of the railroad workers is horrifying, and the accounts of the hunt are full of terror and suspense. The almost supernatural powers of the lions to avoid the hunter makes the story almost as entertaining as Dracula. However, as one reader already noted, this story is only a part of the book. I also found the other stories tedious.
And one must also wonder how the laborers could have been "shopped" by the lions night after night, almost like produce in a grocery store, without taking a more active defense. After all, they must have had implements that could have been used as weapons in a pinch.
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Great Book excellent condition. Purchased for display, as a prop for my Safari decor, but looking forward to reading this book and the others I purchased.Published 8 months ago by Earthfairies
i love the movie, so i am enjoying the book! it is worth it just for the pictures to help relate the story.Published 21 months ago by Devon Leys
... this is my kind of story. It is a well told first person account of a strange occurrence while trying to build a bridge in Africa. It's an interesting look at a by-gone era.Published on May 28 2014 by bradd.
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What a man from a time past had a job to do and the courage to do it . I`m in awe .Published on July 24 2013 by graham neal
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