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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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Initial post: 3 Oct 2010 01:18:49 BDT
Azimuth500 says:
As is so often the case, there are two paradigms. One, you imagine that you are on the ground at the time, in the African wilderness, with all its sounds, smells and sights, faced by highly dangerous animals, who will prey on you if you aren't on your toes all the time. The other is a modern perspective, where many of those very species are now tragically endangered. We face a future world in which many will survive only in zoos and parks. In this context, shooting or otherwise killing these magnificent creatures is no longer justifiable, and perpetrating such behaviour comes across as unconscionable, barbaric.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2011 05:06:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Apr 2011 05:07:49 BDT
Exactly. You can only really judge people in the context of their time in history. Conduct that was acceptable 100 years ago has, in some instances, become unacceptable. (And of course vice versa.)
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