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A wonderful 'period piece' - not for the squeamish..,
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This review is from: The Jim Corbett Omnibus: Man-eaters of Kumaon; The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag; The Temple Tiger and More Man-eaters of Kumaon (Hardcover)
Jim Corbett has produced a fascinating record of his years spent hunting man-eating tigers and leopards in the foothills of the Himalayas. The author does not demonise these animals, and is at pains to explain the circumstances which create the man-eater.
The book is written in a straightforward, easy to read style, and its episodic nature makes it easy to 'dip in and out of'. The detailed description of his hunting and tracking techniques, with vivid reference to the flora and fauna of the jungle, takes the reader on a riveting journey in which one can almost hear the growl in the undergrowth...
Corbett's deep affection for the local people and their way of life is evident from his sympathetic and fascinating description of their folklore, their religious practises, and their reaction to the man-eaters in their midst. He describes the horrors which he has witnessed in a matter-of-fact yet always respectful manner, and pulls no punches in relating the impact of such incidents on village and family life.
This book is a poignant and reflective record of a way of life now much changed, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in the natural world and in social history. I thoroughly recommend it as a treasured addition to my bookcase.
The Jim Corbett Omnibus: Man-eaters of Kumaon; The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag; The Temple Tiger and More Man-eaters of Kumaon(20 customer reviews)