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Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales Of A Botswana Safari Guide Paperback – October 1, 2007
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In the hands of a more witty writer (think J. Maarten Troost's The Sex Lives of Cannibals), the material at Allison's disposal might have resulted in an unputdownable read. Allison's book isn't, but his stories are cute and amusing, and the author himself is likable and agreeably self-deprecating. Most interestingly, Whatever You Do, Don't Run gives readers a glimpse of an unusual llfestyle that most of us will probably not have given much thought to before: what's it like, day-to-day, to lead tourists around herds of impala and crocodile-infested rivers? If the subject matter is of interest, or if you like to browse the lives of people with jobs far different from yours, Allison's book is worth a quick read.
-- Debra Hamel
In the beginning of the book I didn't quite understand why Allison would want to move from his suburban home in Australia to the far less developed continent of Africa. There are so many creepy bugs and diseases you can catch, but then I realized that there are more than dangerous organisms living in Africa. There are beautiful sunsets, majestic animals and the awesome stories that come with living in Africa. Allison had a thirst for adventure that needed to be quenched. This was satisfied when he traveled to Botswana.
Allison easily admitted he made lots of mistakes while being in Africa. He drove a Land Rover right into a river infested with hippos, and he also had to search for a half-naked tourist who is a member of the British royal family. While reading this book, I learned that it is ok to try new things and to be not so great at them. Allison had no idea what he was getting himself into, he had originally planned only to stay for two years but he spent at least a dozen years being a safari guide. He fell in love with Africa and its many endangered animals.
After reading this book I am going to try to convince my parents to take me to Africa and go on a safari. And I am recommending this book to anyone who likes a good laugh and some very odd yet pleasing stories.
One of the major reasons why I liked the book a lot was because the stories Peter wrote about were so interesting. My personal favorite is when Peter went swimming with elephants and had to maneuver around them, so they wouldn't notice him. Along with this one there are plenty of other breathtaking stories. Another characteristic I love about this book is its comedy. This book was hilarious. Some of the absurd stories about animals and tourists just made me laugh out loud.
When looking at other ratings of this book I couldn't find many negative ones. However, I did find one stating that Peter talked negatively of his costumers (the tourists). I would agree that not all of his tourist stories are positive, but on the other hand these ridiculous stories make the book great. For example Peter wrote about a few tourists that would not follow his rules. They would feed the wild animals and constantly take pictures. Although the author did say negative comments about these people, they created an interesting and funny story for him. There were also times in the book when the author spoke very highly of his customers.
I really think the author's purpose of this book was to show the reader what it's like to be an African safari guide. I also think he wanted to show what it would be like to be a tourist. Peter Allison did an amazing job of this. He went into to ample detail about his job, and every event that happens with it. This book was definitely a page-turner, and it was a pretty quick read. I can't wait to read the sequel, Don't Look Behind You!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this book based on the good reviews to read aloud to my kids age 11 and younger on our geography study of Africa. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Funny and entertaining portrayal of life on safari - the mishaps and amazing incidences that happen. Makes me want to go on a safari too.Published 23 days ago
good stories---love books on Africa----not terribly gripping but fun----Published 25 days ago by Joan Francis
One of my favorite books. Alternately hilarious and touching (well, mostly hilarious).Published 1 month ago by Rowi
Having just come back from Africa, this book really resonated with me. I enjoyed his "guides" perspective, as we were the "guests " on Safari that he referred to. Read morePublished 2 months ago by P. OBRIEN
A collection of insightful and amusing anecdotes about life in a safari camp, this book makes me want to visit the Okavango Delta right away. Yup added this to my bucket list.Published 3 months ago by Gaurav Roy
Excellent, entertaining book! I read it while on a trip to Africa so that made it even more of a fun read.Published 4 months ago by L Hanson