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Jungle Lore Paperback – May 11, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0195651850 ISBN-10: 0195651855 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (May 11, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195651855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195651850
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Corbett is a renowned shikari.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
It will take you far, far into past, into the very heart of India, the land of jungles, of love, of true simplicity,
Jim Corbett will accompany you into the past with you and lead you into the future, this is a book that reiterates, that nature has no beginning as it has no end..., a revealing insight into one remarkable man, a britisher who was in India to live with its wonderful people and animals and who richly deserves the honour of being remembered even today, in the land he loved, and the place he tread, bears the call, CORBETT NATIONAL PARK.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David on December 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
James E. Corbett grew up in an India that was still a colony of Great Britain. This is an autobiographical account of episodes in his life -- by no means complete, but a taste of what it was like to grow up, not in the culture of British India, but in the jungles that surrounded it. He was a self-taught naturalist and tracker, learning to hunt, track, find direction, and survive in the jungles. The stories are mostly entertaining -- except toward the end, where I found myself flipping forward in some distaste because of his description of hunting tigers for sport. But Corbett himself demonstrates a healthy reverence for life, and moreover, a strong appetite for learning about the natural world, and for developing his sensitivity to it.
The book is largely narrative, but mixed in with it is a little bit of his philosophy of jungle law, and some material about what he has learned through his experiences, supplemented, of course, with more stories. This, like other anecdotal evidence, should be taken with a grain of salt and tested against one's own experience. For instance, he writes that venomous snakes, with one exception, are slower and so have to wriggle more in order to move around, and so their tracks will reflect this, while non-venomous snakes are speedy and agile and will have straight rather than wave-form tracks. A friend of mine who's very familiar with snakes disputes this.
But, as Corbett himself says, "Having stated that the book of Nature has no beginning, and no end, I would be the last to claim that I have learned all that is to be learned of any of the subjects dealt with here, or that this book contains any expert knowledge." Undoubtedly, though, through his extensive experience alone, he has learned enough to be a master, in harmony with his jungle.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1996
Format: Hardcover
This an autobiographical book is about a turn of the century
British Citizen growing up in India, who becomes fascinated
about the Jungle and the inhabitants that live there at a very
early age. He is mostly self taught by observing nature
around him. He is also a great tracker and develops his
awareness to a extraordiary level. He is motivated to increase
his awareness and tracking abilities by his respect for the
Leopard, Tigers and Cobras that fill his jungle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Agarwal on February 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
Jim Corbett is one of my all-time-favorite authors. I have read all his books, but the one I love the most is `Jungle Lore'. I have the first Indian edition of the book. It belonged to my dad who bought it in 1971 for 2.50 Rupees (which is roughly 5 cents)!

Corbett loved the jungle. He is considered the greatest tiger hunter India ever knew, and the reason he was so successful was not only because he knew the Kumaon jungle like the back of his hand, but also because he understood the jungle. He could understand the sounds of animals and birds. He could even make those sounds with great accuracy. He could look at the pug marks of animals on a mud path and tell a whole story of what happened there that morning. He had a sixth sense of jungle which he called his "jungle sensitiveness".

This book is not about hunting. This is a book about nature. Corbett writes with lot of humbleness and humor. One cannot stop admiring his courage and his vast knowledge of the jungle after reading this book.
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By suedygirl69 on March 4, 2014
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This is a very good book. Jim Corbett has a way of keeping your attention and his writing is similar to Capstick's writing.
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As a North American reader, this is an account of another world, and another age. As such, it's a fine opportunity to consider what resonates, and what's outdated. I was sad when I finished reading the last page, and could've enjoyed twice as many chapters.
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