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The Man-Eaters of Tsavo Paperback – September 4, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1461036272 ISBN-10: 1461036275

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461036275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461036272
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cannot put the book down.
marcos santos
The entire true memoirs of J. H. Patterson, the man who killed the Man-Eating lions at Tsavo in the 1890s as he recorded it.
T. Hecker 777
Was the basis of the movie The Ghost and the Darkness.
John K. Dziki

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas G. Matowitz Jr. on March 29, 2014
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I searched for a copy of this book for a long time. I regret to say that I found it to be a real let down. The account of the man eaters of Tsavo involved less than a third of the book. Thereafter it quickly degenerated into a catalog of murdered animals. Patterson refers to them as " brutes " who died snarling " viciously ". No wonder - many of them were gravely wounded by Patterson's poor marksmanship and were forced to linger until he finally got around to killing them.
He describes an incident involving a misfire - it wasn't anything of the kind. His gun failed to fire because Patterson neglected to cock it, something he freely admits. It's remarkable that he lived to write this book.
Patterson appears to have been a charter member of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand school of hunting. By the time this book was over I found myself rooting for the animals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Armstrong on March 9, 2014
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It pains me to give this only two stars, as this is a fantastic story of perseverance and determination and an interesting look at life in colonial Africa. Unfortunately this edition is just terrible. The publisher must print these off a digital microfiche or something because the pagination is all messed up. Also there are references to pictures, but no pictures in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas Aguilar on January 4, 2014
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I had no idea how different the movies were from the actual story. I really enjoyed the details from Col. Patterson's adventure and the way he points out the different instincts and behaviors in the animals. I am giving a rating of 3 stars mainly because I am not a big fan of hunting and mostly all the remaining others chapters are about different hunts and the book becomes very plain after the Tsavo lions events.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Fillingim on April 7, 2013
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The recounting of the story of the man-eaters of Tsavo held my interest. The remainder of the book, however is simply killing of big game animals for sport (trophies).
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The white was just beginning to get a foothold on the black continent by building the railway from Mombasa to Lake Victoria. But there was a price to be paid, as at least 28 men (mainly workers from India) became lunch to the lions. The first half of the book, telling the tale of how two man eating lions were finally killed is pretty fascinating, while the second half recounting how another 4 or 5 lions were bagged for sport is rather repetitive and boring. No question that there were not a lot of entertainment options back then. Things quickly changed after Patterson's time, when the colonial administrators introduced mandatory hunting permits that limited the number of trophies.
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Patterson's account of the Tsavo Maneaters is already a classic, and encompasses about half the book. The rest is an account of his time and other hunting adventures while completing the railroad into Kenya. I found these sections equally interesting in terms of the development of the country for further exploration. Readers who enjoy this book should read Jim Corbett's books on India.
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OK, you're walking around Africa with a .303 British hunting lions. Does it get any better than that? Not for me.
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The storys are classics, but the book is garbage. Get a different version this one is not fit to be called a book nor does it fit on a shelf.
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