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Dreaming the Lion Hardcover – June 28, 1995

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About the Author

THOMAS MCINTYRE, editor for Sports Afield, has written about the outdoors for neary 30 years and has been fortunate in being able to live much of his life in the open. He is also active in conservation issues. His writing, besides appearing in magazines and in his own books, has been included in several anthologies.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Down East Books; 1st edition (June 28, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0924357347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0924357343
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(Also see Tom's Goodreads page, Http:// Tom McIntyre was born a third-generation Californian, studied under the Jesuits at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, and attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He has traveled to every continent except Antarctica. His first stories were published in the mid-1970s in various free-press newspapers in the Pacific Northwestr; and he has since written hundreds of articles appearing in Sports Afield, Field & Stream, Gray's Sporting Journal, Petersen's Hunting, American Hunter, Men's Journal, Outdoor Life, Bugle, Sporting Classics, Fly Rod & Reel, Wyoming Wildlife, Texas Sporting Journal, The Hunting Report, Garden & Gun, and The Field in England, as well as in a score of anthologies. He has been co-winner of Best Magazine Story for Best Sports Stories, awarded by The Sporting News. Tom is on the mastheads as a contributing editor of both Sports Afield and Field & Stream magazines, and has written scripts for more than 750 episodes of outdoor television programs, including "Buccaneers & Bones," featuring, and narrated by, Tom Brokaw, and the documentary, "Wyoming: Predators, Prey, and People" for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Tom is the author of the critically acclaimed books "Days Afield," "Dreaming the Lion," the award-winning "Seasons & Days," and the editor of, and contributor to, the outdoor-story anthology "Wild and Fair," featuring Pulitzer Prize winners David Mamet and Philip Caputo. Skyhorse Publishing has brought out his "Shooter's Bible Guide to Optics"; and Bangtail Press,, has published his novel, "The Snow Leopard's Tale," called "mesmeric," "a gem," "a mystical pilgrimage," with noted author P. J. O'Rourke saying of it, "McIntyre's meld of man and beast alerts the beast in me and alarms the man." Tom writes a hunting column every-other Thursday for The Sheridan Press, Tom is at work on a novel about Henry Morton Stanley and a non-fiction account of the making of the novel, "Bambi." You can follow Tom on Twitter @mcintyrehunts. Bryan Ruark, Tom and his wife Elaine's son, attends the University of Iowa; and Tom and Elaine, one tabby cat, and a springer spaniel reside in northern Wyoming, where the deer and the antelope continue to play.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Acerrano on July 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Tom McIntyre is a writer with a distinctive voice and an exceptional talent. His style has pith and elegance -and humor and intelligence. For a couple of decades now (maybe a little more) he has written some of the best prose we have on hunting. "Dreaming The Lion" is a treasury of his finest work, and will prove a delight for every literate hunter.
This is by no means a somber book, but it is a thoughtful one. Reflecting on the prospect of hunting in his native California, McIntyre writes, "The best thing would be to hunt the country you were born into, to make it even more your home. But what if your native country is not only a place, but a time, and what if that time is past?" Not exactly the kind of bang-and- brag drivel so common to lesser hunting writers, and to an unfortunately increasing number of "sporting" publications.
"Dreaming The Lion" is a collection of choice pieces, (mostly about hunting, especially but not exclusively about big game,) connected by one-page, inter-chapter selections from an ongoing African diary. In this safari narrative McIntrye appears more as protagonist than hero; he screws up sometimes, misses badly on occasion, has his ups and downs just like we, the readers, probably would. The book's final section, the title essay in three parts, recounts another African adventure and by any fair standard must be judged one of the finest pieces of hunting writing in our time. Comparisons to Hemingway and Ruark and Capstick or anyone else are as unnecessary as they are trite. McIntyre is his own writer, speaking with his own voice in his own (for a hunting writer, not entirely fortunate) time. Enjoy him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Bodio on July 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In a just world, Thomas McIntyre's Dreaming the Lion would be considered a classic. While it is definitely a "hunting book" it is also literature in every sense, and superior to such curiosities as Hemingway's True at First Light.
McIntyre has hunted everywhere from the Rockies to the Arctic to Africa, not to mention his native California, whose degradation he describes movingly in the essay "Blade Hunter": " matter how Californian the armature of my soul may be, in the end it is insufficiently rigid to keep me here until it's all barricaded away and I am reduced to stalking Norway rats in the storm drains with the broken-off shaft of a nine-iron tipped witha fluted point knapped from a glass insulator, til all that's fit to live here is cockroaches and Keith Richards."
McIntyre's essays range from the dark to the humorous to the moving, though always free of the easy sentimentality common to lesser "hook and bullet" writers. He has not only been just about everywhere; he has read just about everything, from novels to history to biology, and thought long and hard about it all. He would never scorn the meat or trophies produced by his hunts, but his real quest is for meaning, experience , and the wild within and without.
If you are a hunter who has not read him, you will find things here that you will find nowhere else. If you are a nonhunter or even an anti-hunter who wants to understand the soul of the hunter, start here. As McIntyre says, "Welcome to the wild."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jameson Parker on July 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
When a writer conveys an experience he conveys something of himself. Thirty years after reading him, when I think of Robert Ruark in Africa, I remember his honesty in writing about fear and booze and his struggle to live up to his own image of what he wanted to be, as much as his insightful observations of a safari. When I think of Hemingway, the exquisite craftsmanship of "The Green Hills of Africa" is overshadowed by his chest-thumping competitiveness and dishonest self-aggrandisement.
In "Dreaming the Lion," Tom McIntyre brings all the unabashed, unapologetic masculinity you would expect in a book about hunting, but he tempers it with the thoughtful intelligence of someone who thinks about his actions and their consequences, who thinks about the world around him and his place in it. And more: he brings a refreshing mastery of the English language and a wit as quick and sharp as a skinning knife. This is a book about ideas as much as actions, written by a man who doesn't suffer fools gladly, and who sees the world he loves slowly and irrevocably vanishing. Read it and dream of Africa.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward Noonan on July 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Tom McIntyre is one of the last great storytellers. His gift with a pen places the reader right in the middle of all the action. The subject matter within the pages of this book is broad. It ranges from an account of a fantastic woodcock hunt in Ireland to the pursuit of the most dangerous African cape buffalo but never once will you loose interest. Be it his candid views of the cultures surrounding the hunt or the excitement of the actual hunt, you will leave each chapter with a better understanding and respect for both the hunter and his prey.
"Dreaming The Lion" is far from the traditional "hook and bullet" prose found in most of today's hunting publications. Rather it is perhaps more of a modern day Hemmingway approach. It is factual, adventurous and all with just the right touch of humor. All of which I found quite refreshing.
If you are a hunter "Dreaming The Lion" belongs in your library.
Ed Noonan
Member of the Outdoor Writers Assn. of American and
New York State Outdoor Writers Assn.
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