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The Man-eaters of Tsavo. [Unknown Binding]

Lieut.-Col Patterson J.H.
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Publisher: Macmillan (1934)
  • ASIN: B0040GCLI4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book of every season. 29 Jun 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book as a child in '78 but its still fresh in my mind. Col. Patterson's indomitable spirits in the face of desperation has been a source of inspiration for me all my life. Every child should read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man Eaters of Tsavo 14 Dec 1997
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We have the copy of original book written in 1900-1901 and the story in that book says that labor supervisor was ___ . this name means a lot to us, because he is my great grand father. The movie has changes of name and character and story itself. The original book shows that labor supervisor killed one of the lions. The movie shows that both were killed by Patterson. Anyway, we have original book and we still cherish it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I read this book mainly because I am visiting the Tsavo game reserve in Kenya next year. This book provided a frightening insight to the wildlife of the area.
The book was very interesting and the events that occured made the story quite gripping in places. However, the book is written more as a diary of recollections than a descriptive story. I did not feel that the author added much intensity to the book with this style of writing.
I was initially disappointed to find that half the book is written after the reign of the man eating lions. I was pleasantly surprised when the interest of the authors situation continued following the fall of the lions.
One word of warning to any lovers of wildlife planning to read this book. The book was written about experiences in the late 1800's. The author encounters many different animals and breifly describes there majesty before going into great detail about how he shoots them.
Obviously, attitudes have changed in the last 200 years. If you can overlook the brutal slaughter of the animals, and if you have interest in this field, you should enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Patterson's first hand account of his adventures at Tsavo is extremely well written and a facinating book. On the other hand, I found the movie, supposedly based on the book, to be a great disappointment. The book, written in the unique British adventurer style of the times, is excellent. When the reader discovers how much the movie changed, deleted, enhanced and warped the true account, the book becomes even more exciting. The book is written for the reader of Patterson's day, including detailed information on travel means and costs to visit the area of Tsavo. There is also alot of information in the forward and introduction that places his Tsavo adventures in the context of the times and makes Patterson (the REAL Patterson, that is) more lifelike. In general, I found the book facinating and well worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atrue account of one man's courage. 12 Mar 1999
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In "The Man-Eaters of Tsavo' I found John Patterson to be a man of incrediable courage who thought of himself as just an ordinary man. True his accounts of his time in Africa lacks the sweeping splendor and suspense that most novelists attempt, but this is not a work of fiction. He does not make himself out to be a hero. When he writes about how while hunting the lions, he had to crawl through underbrush on game trails barely wide enough for him and could only see feet ahead , you can feel the fear. His further experiences while working for the railroad and during WW1 in Africa are equally amazing. This man was about 5'6'' and 160lbs. but the things he did would make him a giant of legends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devils In The Shape Of Lions. 3 Nov 1998
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The man-eaters of Tsavo is an exellent book, and beleive me you've got to get it, now some of you have seen the latest release video "The Ghost In The Darkness", but the book is in nearly every way different but more interesting, Thumbs Up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Having first read Peter Capstick's recount of Patterson's tale in "Death in the Long Grass" and then seen the movie "Ghost and the Darkness" I approached "Man Eaters" with something like boredom. 'OK', I thought, 'read this and confirm what you already know.' Boy was I wrong! Patterson's words came to life with a harsh, punch-in-the-nose reality that fiction writers seldom match. He truly makes you feel what it must have been like to take up your rifle and walk out into the darkness night after night knowing that there was unspeakable horror out there. Patterson's self-deprecating, matter of fact style almost makes you forget the awesome courage he displayed week in, week out until the man-eaters were destroyed. He was a clumsy hunter and it is miraculous he survived, but a magnificently brave man and I'm glad he lived to tell the tale. Read this book and watch the fiction pale by comparison.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Col J Patterson was a remarkable personality. He was a person who was asked to put a rail line through one of the most hostile places on earth. (Tsavo literally means : Slaughter House)
The account of the various lions terrorising the railway workers is horrifying and very true.
Having visited the area myself in this day and age it is remarkable that a person like Col Patterson managed to live thru that ordeal.
The other thing ofcourse is that his lietrary talents are remarkable considering the fact that he had no prior book writing experience.
A great, true, and mesmerising account of the horrors faced by the rail workers in East Africa.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
these blokes must have nerves of steel.
Published 8 days ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars A cant put it down read.
I bought this to replace the one I had loaned to a friend, obviously he enjoyed it too much to give it back to me.
Published 6 months ago by geometer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!!
One of the most heart filled and thrilling books based around hunting that I have ever read. The book was written with earnest and its almost like the reader is there with... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Normanmulvany
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Story of The Tsavo Manhunters, Fantastic !!
Fantastic and true story, very well told by the person experiencing it all ! Have you seen the GREAT movie "Ghost and the Darkness" with Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer ? Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bernt Smedvig
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
The real story of the two man-eating lions who nearly stopped the construction of the Kenya-Uganda railway, which ispired the movie "The Ghost and the Darkness" with... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Carlo Decanini
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic
An all time classic. Although not on a par with Jim Corbett's adventures and Corbett's narrative skill, neverthless it is joy to read this book for the thrill and adrenaline.
Published 20 months ago by A. Kumar
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant first half....
After watching the film 'The Ghost and the Darkness' I decided to purchase the true story account of the man who actually managed to kill the maneaters. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2012 by Bridgey
4.0 out of 5 stars Of it's time
This is a fine example of a book of it's time. The writing style is relativley flat with Patterson's matter-of-fact tone failing to create a great deal of tension in the drama. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by you_talking2me
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read from the sportsmanship as well as cultural point of veiw
A very interesting read indeed. I have read a few books on African hunting and Patterson is definitely the most modest writer of all. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2010 by Denis
4.0 out of 5 stars The ghost and the darkness?
I read this book after watching the film several times, for once Hollywood played down the risks and dangers of the story!!! Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2008 by J. Leedham
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