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Cry of the Kalahari Paperback – October 15, 1992
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MARK and DELIA OWENS are the authors of "Cry of the Kalahari", an international bestseller and winner of the Burroughs Medal, and "The Eye of the Elephant".
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We also get a taste of life in the Kalahari desert in the middle of Botswana, some of the hardships and life-threatening situations encountered by the Owenses. And we share the issues and concerns they tried to raise in the governments and landowners of the territories where they spent seven years living and studying animals.
At various times this book made me smile. It made me mad. It made me sad. It made me laugh. And it made me wish I could spend a few years of my life studying and living among wildlife as they did.
Mark and Delia Owens write incredibly well and do not waste words. They describe the animals, people and places with phrases that bring them to life.
A sample picked a random:
"A near total silence crept in on me when I opened my eyes and gazed at the Land Rover ceiling. A moment's confusion; where was I? I turned to the window. A gnarled acacia tree loomed outside, its limbs held up in silhouette against the grey sky. Beyond the tree, in soft easy lines, the wooded sand dunes descended to the riverbed. Morning, our first in Deception Valley, grew in the sky far beyond the dunes."
One could cite many examples that stimulate interest and draw the reader into the experience of Mark and Delia as the alternate the telling of the work. Also the values held by the authors that they will leave as little a footprint as possible is one shared by those serious about conservation, so we share in their decision and agonize with them when they have to make a tough decision.Read more ›
Now, I simply re-read the book everytime I need to visit Africa in my mind. For those people who wish to explore and experience (non-tourist) Africa this is a great place to start.
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Product was exactly like stated by the description and it delivered quicklyPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Even though the Owens' studies in the Kalahari ended in 1980, this book remains a classic of African conservation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sherri Hayden
This is an extraordinary book. I could not abandon it just as Mark and Delia could not abandon their cause no matter the difficulties. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christine C.
So exciting. I felt like I was there with the author, and learned a lot too. Well written.Published 5 months ago by Monty's Mom
I thought the book was poorly written. There were many typos that should have been edited.Published 6 months ago by KAT
From the first page, this nature novel captured my attention. The appeal of the wildlife, including stories of not only lions but brown hyenas, jackals, and other various animals... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lauren
Loved it. Beautifully written on what is obviously one of the inhospitable places on the earth. Very interesting story on topics we would never see on the evening news. Buy it! Read morePublished 10 months ago by TED KAZ