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Born Free Trilogy Paperback – 9 Jun 2000

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books (9 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330391909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330391900
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.7 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Moving and incredible, [with] some of the most extraordinary photographs ever seen." --"The New York Times""Elsa and the Adamsons are ideal figures in a peaceable kingdom." --"The New Yorker"


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By A Customer on 14 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm 39 years old now so was a young girl when the film of Born Free was released. I must have been about nine or ten years old when I first read these books after seeing the film at the cinema and they've stayed with me ever since. They opened my eyes to another world and awakened an interested in conservation. They helped changed many peoples attitudes about the purpose of zoos ie: the emphasis now on conservation rather than just places for a day out.
But the overriding memory these books left me with is one of true love and devotion between a human being and a wild animal. These books are a wonderful introduction to the wildlife and wonders of Africa - recommended
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No wildlife lover should be without a copy of this extraordinary (but true!) story. It is split into three parts!

Born Free: Follows the life of Elsa as an orphaned lion cub in Kenya until she grows up and is taught on how to be a wild lion.

Living Free: Follows the life Elsa and her three young cubs.

Forever Free: Elsa tragically dies of an illness and her cubs are taken to the Serengeti in Tanzania to be released into the wild.

All took my breath away as I read about, not just the lives of the lions, but of the people around them.
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Published seven times in 1960, three prints being made in the month of April alone this demonstrates the popularity of this book at the time. It was published at a time when safari package holidays had yet to be invented and the farthest that most English people traveled abroad was to a Spanish coastal holiday resort. Born Free brings directly into your life the African savanna and bush, the wildlife that inhabits it and what it is like to live amongst it. This will account in some measure for the rapturous reception of this book. In addition, and in the main, it will be because of the fact that it recounts an enduring relationship between a human being and an animal; most people, including me, cannot resist a good, high arrh factor animal story such as this.

Born Free, the first of a trilogy, recounts in detail Elsa's early life and her transformation from a helpless lion cub only a few weeks old to a young lioness able to fend for herself in the wild. Even though I knew the story beforehand and I've seen the film decades ago and I'm now a somewhat world-weary cynic of a certain age, it has utterly captured my heart. This book has brought me much joy at the beginning and end of my days, sandwiching my daily stresses with tales of another world at another time.

Joy Adamson's writing is direct and immediate with little lyricism, but this does not detract. It makes the story of her life in the African bush with Elsa highly engaging and accessible.

There is a naivety to Joy Adamson's account of Elsa, which is infectious and somewhat beguiling.
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Surprisingly well written! The story of Elsa and her cubs had me in tears almost all the way through (probably because I knew the ending!)
Interesting photographs, which clearly showed the depth of affection this unusual woman had for Elsa.

If I had a complaint, it would be that this edition seemed a little "cheap". The coever was a little more flimsy than other paperbacks.
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Every body over forty knows the story of Elsa, the lioness, this book, containg all three books, is a must for everybody who wants to re read them, and is a great book for children,, the way it is written makes the book come alive,,
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I bought this for my Granddaughter who is lion mad. The photographs are black and white (a few coloured) and are beautiful. It is such a touching story of love and conservation.
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Wonderful book about the world's favourite lioness, of considerable personal nostalgia value!
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