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My Pride and Joy: Autobiography Hardcover – 22 Sep 1986

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The Harvill Press; 1st Edition edition (22 Sept. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002725185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002725187
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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GEORGE ADAMSON - BIOGRAPHY


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sally Walker on 21 Oct. 2014
Format: Hardcover
This represents a very interesting, at times gripping and often thought provoking read. George’s writing style is highly accessible and straightforward. At the beginning he states that his intention is to share both the good and the bad, by which he means that he will not shy away from writing about things that perhaps he could have done better, or went wrong in his life.

He plunges the reader straight into the African bush, whose landscape and wildlife George brings to life with vivid descriptions. George’s account of his early life in Kenya provides an historical perspective on the white colonialist occupation.

Having just read The Great Safari, an admirable and very detailed biography of both George and Joy Adamson, it is nice to hear George’s own voice. A man who bonded together two opposing characteristics: gentleness and modesty, with bravery, courage and can do spirit. His gentleness is none the more exemplified by his very spare and diplomatic account of what it was like to be married to Joy Adamson, who had a very mercurial personality. Given that he wrote his book after her death, he could have let rip, and it is to his credit that instead he concentrated on the positive and drew a veil over the bad times.

George, like Joy, will forever remain linked first and foremost to Elsa, the lioness of Born Free that they reared in the wild and taught to fend for herself, to the point that she was able to raise her own family. But actually this was just the start of George’s lifetime work, namely rearing and looking after a large number of lions, with varied characters, to a point that they could live a life of freedom in the wild.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr S S Nagi (NYROBE) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Nov. 2007
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This book was first published in 1986, has 507 pages, 22 colour pictures and 2 maps. GEORGE ADAMSON (Baba ya Simba - Father of Lions) was born on 3.2.1906 in Dholpur, Rajasthan, INDIA. He first visited KENYA in 1924. He took various jobs, gold prospecter, goat trader, and professional safari hunter. He joined the Game Department in 1938. George Adamson's second book, starts with lions, stating that he cannot bear the thought of lions behind bars. About man, he is not sure, saying that ' he has killed ten of my lions and murdered my wife '. Nearly everyone in his camp is bitten by lions and put in hospital.
George marries Joy in 1942, but they seaprate in 1970. She was a fantastic painter and painted 20 Kenyan tribes, as in her book ' peoples of Kenya '. She also writes ' Born Free ' which becomes a phenomenon and later is converted into a very sucessful movie.However, poor george gets not much money from the royalties. George then cares for many lions and their cubs and moves from meru to kora. Joy moves to Lake Naivasha, and buys Elsamere. Bill Travers and Virginnia McKenna help George and so do many others. Joy threatens George with divorce.
Tony Fitzjohn then joins George and helps him with his lions and then Leopards. Joy moves with her leopard to Shaba. On 3.1.1980, Joy is stabbed by her servant Paul Ekai. Later Terence, george's brother dies.
After Kora is made a national reserve, George is asked to leave and Tony moves to Mkumazi in northern Tanzania, where he still lives. On 20.8.1989, at the age of 83, George was shot dead at Kora Reserve by somali shiftas. He was burried next to his brother Terence and lion friend 'Boy'.
I enjoyed reading this book, there are many sad bits well written. There are also some colour pictures and maps, showing george and his lions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. WATERS on 27 Jun. 2014
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What a fabulous book.I have waited a long time to read this, and was not disappointed. what an interesting couple George and Joy Adamson were. I was only young when all this was happening. There has never been anyone else since George to care for Lions or animals like he did. If there was one person in History I would have loved to meet, it would be George.Everything about this book was exciting and interesting. All Born Free fans and animal lovers will enjoy a fascinating good read. Thank you George.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CP on 27 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Fantastic book and insight into what the wildlife was like in East Africa allowing you to contemplate what's become of it now in such a short period.
George Adamson was an amazing human being who went from shooting so much game as a warden to realising that conservation was the role he really had to play.
Having also read Bwana Game written much earlier you realise what so of substance these guys were made of walking on foot through the bush.
Fantastic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 April 2010
Format: Paperback
George Adamson was a game warden in Kenya when he and his wife Joy raised an orphaned lioness whom they named Elsa. The story of Elsa's return to the wild was immortalized in the movie, "Born Free." In his memoir, Adamson recounts his sixty years in Kenya, his life with Joy, and most importantly, his devotion to wild lions. He talks about the filming of the movie and his lifelong friendship and collaboration with the stars.

Adamson, who was called "Baba ya simba" (father of lions), writes lovingly of Christian, the lion who was made famous years later with a YouTube video and he talks about Joy's murder. (He was himself murdered only a few years after the publication of this book.)

This fascinating story of a man who loved animals above all else contains many wonderful photos.
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