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'A Lion Called Christian' by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
on 16 May 2010
'A Lion Called Christian' by Anthony 'Ace' Bourke and John Rendall was a most interesting book that I found difficult to put down. Written as freely as only they could tell of 'How it actually was'.
It was a clear recollection of the days with Christian, what it was like to actually own a real Lion, and I think quite unknowing to even themselves - the thrill, wonder and anticipation that came with being in charge of this beautiful animal which had become a part of their young lives.
A truly wonderful experience that I could relate to on reading their recollection of how Christian had this lovely musty smell about him, and again watching the 'reunion' I felt his warm and welcoming greeting, such a 'greeting' that many humans are incapable of showing. This is indeed 'the' best story I have ever read, not just because it's a story about a lovely animal, but this one was an incredible animal brought up and taught right from wrong by two intelligent young men. It is amazing what can be achieved when you bring up any animal - (or child for that matter) in a happy atmosphere and with 'love' - the most important ingredient in any relationship. When Bryan Seymour asked if they were 'not frightened' when this lion ran towards them on their reunion, - Anthony said ..'but we got the best'...and that the lyrics of the song played on the video on youtube..' I shall always love you..' was an indication 'that everything would be altight'. Modest? - I think so. 'Christian, John and Ace' - What a team!