- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1463718357
- ISBN-13: 978-1463718350
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 138 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,020,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Richard Edward Connell Jr. (October 17, 1893 – November 22, 1949) was an American author and journalist, probably best remembered for his short story "The Most Dangerous Game". Connell was one of the most popular American short story writers of his time and his stories appeared in the Saturday Evening Post and Collier's Weekly. He had equal success as a journalist and screenwriter and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1942 for best original story for the film Meet John Doe.
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Big Game hunter and writer Sanger Rainsford and his friend Whitney are aboard a yacht somewhere in the Caribbean, on their way to Brazil to hunt jaguars. There is talk of a nervous crew as they pass Ship-Trap Island, a mysterious place the sailors dread. The talk of Rainsford and Whitney turns to the hunt, and it is this conversation between the two men about what the jaguar does or does not feel while being stalked that lies at the heart of this tale.
Shots are fired, and in an effort to discover what is happening on deck, Sanger falls overboard, making a harrowing escape to said island. There he discovers not madness, but the ultimate extension of himself. The “hunt” is tremendously exciting, the brevity of the story creating great movement in the narrative. Sanger, General Zaroff, and his towering right-hand man, Ivan, are memorable in this thrilling tale of adventure which also ponders larger questions. Connell was perhaps most successful at the short story, a slew of them published in The Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s. But he was also a journalist and screenwriter. Though Robert Riskin wrote the screenplay for Frank Capra’s wonderful film, Meet John Doe, the original film treatment was written by Connell and Robert Presell, who received an Academy Award nomination for it.
Despite its age, this tale feels timeless, and is near perfect. On the technical side, there are a few typos in the transfer to Kindle, but rare, so not too distracting. A thrilling story everyone who loves the short story form should read. Marvelous.
Hunting humans for sport is something that has been done but rarely. This story puts it into perspective as a hunter named Rainsford gets lost at sea, ending up on an island that is ruled by General Zaroff, a Cossack. The general feeds Rainsford well and lets him rest up...before hunting him of course.
This story is my favorite kind- short, simple and to the point with plenty of thought-provoking dialogue and intense action. Rainsford also gives one a few valuable pointers in case you were to find yourself in a similar situation.
For the price this is a steal for such a classic story. I recommend to anybody and everybody!
I actually like the old cover to the book better than this one, I think it was a line illustration/drawing and it seemed to fit better, but that is a comment that has no bearing as to the subject matter!
Please do yourself a favor and buy and then read this book!
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In my opinion, it was just ok.Read more