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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!
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Loved to read about Peter's adventures in the bush, with the crazy antics and events of that occurred. He has a great story telling style and a sense of humor to match.Published 3 days ago by P. Wright
I loved reading about the wild but the stories about foolish humans made me laugh the most. Makes me wonder if there is any common sense left on this planet.Published 28 days ago by Keri
It gives one a good since of what to expect on a safari with very entertaining stories of a safari guides experience.Published 1 month ago by roger
I really enjoyed this book of adventures told with a very self effacing style.Also his comments about the various your groups are certainly very interesting, Peter is a very good... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ron Palmer
Very lighthearted and funny collection of stories related to the author's years as a safari guide. I recommend it both for those who have ever been on safari as well as those who... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mungo__Park
I just went on my first African safari (Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, near Kruger National Park in South Africa) and read this toward the end of the trip -- it was great !! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Holly
A series of stories about Allison's life as an African guide. The stories are brief and easy reading. Gives the inside story of what guides do when they are not guiding tourists. Read morePublished 2 months ago by History Buff
Having just returned from my first trip to Africa I am searching for books that recreate the incredible feelings game experiences stir, I'm so glad to say Paters (sic! Read morePublished 2 months ago by orcarafiki
Enjoyable read about a young man becoming a safari guide in areas I would like to visit...Botswana and South Africa. Some of his tales were hair raising.Published 3 months ago by S. Dressel