×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

THE MAN-EATERS OF TSAVO
     

THE MAN-EATERS OF TSAVO

4.0 1
by J. H. Patterson
 
I have no doubt that many of my readers, who have perhaps never been very far away from civilisation, will be inclined to think that some of the incidents are exaggerated. I can only assure them that I have toned down the facts rather than otherwise, and have endeavoured to write a perfectly plain and straightforward account of things as they actually happened.
It

Overview

I have no doubt that many of my readers, who have perhaps never been very far away from civilisation, will be inclined to think that some of the incidents are exaggerated. I can only assure them that I have toned down the facts rather than otherwise, and have endeavoured to write a perfectly plain and straightforward account of things as they actually happened.
It must be remembered that at the time these events occurred, the conditions prevailing in British East Africa were very different from what they are to-day. The railway, which has modernised the aspect of the place and brought civilisation in its train, was then only in process of construction, and the country through which it was being built was still in its primitive savage state, as indeed, away from the railway, it still is.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011880773
Publisher:
New Century Books
Publication date:
12/13/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
152 KB

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

THE MAN-EATERS OF TSAVO 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LisaDunckley 10 months ago
I have read many books about the reign of terror caused by the two lions of Tsavo, but this is the tale told by J. H. Patterson, THE guy who was there. Patterson was the character played by Val Kilmer in The Ghost and the Darkness, he was the a construction engineer (and later famous big game hunter). Patterson was hired to oversee the building of a railroad in Africa. While construction in Africa is never routine, this project became the buffet for two lions. There always were, and probably always will, be confrontations between lions or other predators, and humans in Africa. But this was different. These lions were deliberately hunting people to eat them, taking them in preference over any other prey. The lions later proved to be healthy, fit, strong adults—not injured or old lions who couldn't catch anything else and who were starving. Nope, these guys just liked to eat people. Another oddity was that it was two lions together who had this habit. Did they both independently develop the taste for man, and team up? Or were they perhaps brothers, who lost their mother and their entire pride, and ate man out of necessity until it became a habit? Scariest of all, there have been occasional reports of lionesses teaching their cubs to hunt man...did that happen here? The lions basically held them hostage for 9 months, effortlessly evading Patterson's attempts to hide up in a tree and wait for them. They seemed supernatural, they were so good at snatching a victim from the opposite of wherever they were expected to show up, and their timing and ability to work together contributed to this. Many natives felt that they were bad spirits who didn't want the railroad built. The book reads like adventure fiction, with close calls and terrifying escapes. Killing the lions becomes the number one focus for Patterson, more important than the railroad he's actually hired to build (understandably!). The matter-of-fact way that he describes the events makes them more chilling, and builds up to the edge-of-your-seat conclusion. There are other Africa adventures related in the book that are also exciting to read about (I'm just always the most intrigued by the lions!). Good book for anyone interested in true adventure stories, or lions, or Africa!