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A Lion Called Christian: The True Story of the Remarkable Bond Between Two Friends and a Lion Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- File Size : 6339 KB
- Publication Date : March 5, 2009
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 256 pages
- Publisher : Broadway Books (March 5, 2009)
- ASIN : B001NLKSYS
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #796,090 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The answer is yes. It is well organized, fun, interesting and wonderfully written. Rendall and Rourke are also surprisingly self-aware. They admit numerous times that owning a lion was a dangerous, one-in-a-lifetime decision that they were lucky to escape positively.
Their story is one that is so strangely fascinating that it's shocking to think it happened as recently as the 1970s. They were selling lions in department stores back then? It feels like a different world. This is probably why the book is so fun to read - it is a rare mix of exotic animals, nostalgia, British and Hollywood glamour and a love story.
Again, for the skeptical or the curious, this book is worth reading and will be enjoyed. Just keep the anticipation to the minimum as A Lion Called Christian is a short read that you'll burn through quickly.It's better if you can appreciate that moment than be disappointed by its brevity.
The story was easy to follow, and I appreciated how candid the authors were about their experience. I especially appreciated their description and continuation of the rehabilitation site in Africa. Because the story was centered on Christian, it doesn't go into much description of many other rehabilitation centers or lion-keepers, etc. I feel this may have been a tactful way to lengthen and elaborate the story if they'd wanted to do so. The book is very much written from their own experience, and it seems very little research was done outside of this. This isn't necessarily a negative, it's just that I would have liked to have seen more. Instead, I've been supplementing the information in this book with a few hours on Wikipedia.
If you haven't seen the YouTube video, you absolutely must. :)
Short but wonderful book detailing the first year primarily that the two Australian men bought and owned a lion cub before the wildlife protection laws went into effect in the early 1970's.
Lots of photos help the book come alive.
I learned about this story like so many others by the YouTube video and the recent interviews the two men did on the various talk shows. Seeing Ace and John in these interviews shows what extraordinary people they are....patient, sensible, compassionate, and realistic. Christian's success story was due to his good fotune of having all the right people enter his life at the opportune times.
It's astounding that the men were able to raise the cub for most of the its first year in the middle of London with neither the cub, they or the many friends and visitors they had getting hurt. How many people can say they know how to be in control of yet loving and kind to such a dangerous pet?
Christian helps people see a side to lions they would never be able to see otherwise. If you only think of lions as unfeeling killers of baby antelopes, you need to read this book and especially need to see the YouTube video. The animal world is as complex as our human one.
This book does a lot more for animal conservation causes than seeing animals in zoos. Ace and John deserve special kudos for recognizing that even though Christian may have a shorter life in the wild, it was going to be a happier life living as nature intended. Yes, some types of creatures can be perfectly happy in zoos but many have needs zoos will never likely be able to provide fully appropriate artificial environments for.
There is true irony that George Adamson survived into old age living in the depths of the African bush rehabilitating dangerous cats only to be killed by bandits going after tourists.
(I read the Kindle version of the book.)
Top reviews from other countries
This book tells the story of their purchase of a Lion cub from Harrods in 1969, which they named Christian, through his time living with them, and his ultimate release into the wild. Its a wonderful story and like the video clip will have you in tears on occasions. I read it in two sittings, as its not a long book. There are some great photos. My favourite is of a woman who became friends with Christian. She used to come and visit him and in the photo is playing wheelbarrows with him (i.e. holding his back legs up)! Now he was technically still a cub when the photo was taken, but he was already a very large animal.
The book is straightforwardly written, and easy to read. There is also an official DVD which tells the story of Christian as well. I shall be getting that next.
If zoos around the world could be as magnanimous as these 2 men and return their "spare" animals to the wild rather than kill them, like the Danish zoo they would be doing something very great!!!!