Born Free Trilogy Paperback – 9 Jun 2000
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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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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
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.
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.Read more ›
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.