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A unique look at African big game hunting in the 1930's
on 17 February 1998
In this detailed account of Hemingway's first African safari, one gains a strong sense of the emotions of big game hunting, as well as a familiarity with the practical details that made it such a challenge. The narrative features the same precise, yet economical descriptions that characterize his works of fiction. The dialog, however, often appears rather contrived, with the appearance of trying to create an image that may not be the unvarnished truth. Elspeth Huxley's mystery novel Murder on Safari provides similar, detailed information in a form that I, not a hunter, found more readable.