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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book of every season.
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.
Published on 29 Jun 1999

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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.

The book started off quite well and goes into quite some detail regarding the area and methods used in order to trap the Lions. Anyone reading the book should also be aware of the times the book was written in...
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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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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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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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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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating for anyone with an interest in African wildlife, 13 Nov 2000
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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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent historical account, written in a unique style, 18 Nov 1997
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping yarns, 30 May 2006
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I first read this book in 1963 when I was thirteen, and was utterly captivated by the thrilling story. After reading it again, I was just as enthralled by Patterson's exploits. I love his simple, direct and slightly clumsy style, which does not detract in any way from the content. You have to keep reminding yourself that this was written a hundred years ago when the only good lion was a dead one. (Ditto for most other animals, especially hippos and rhinos.)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book of every season., 29 Jun 1999
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic written by a man who had no experience of writing!, 19 Mar 1999
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant first half...., 3 Sep 2012
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.

The book started off quite well and goes into quite some detail regarding the area and methods used in order to trap the Lions. Anyone reading the book should also be aware of the times the book was written in. Expect non pc descriptions of natives and reports of the hunting of wild animals.

The reason I only awarded the book 3 stars was that only half the book actually dealt with the Lions, the rest just detailed Patterson's time in africa leading up to World War 1. A few nice stories if you care about it - I don't.
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