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3.0 out of 5 starsInteresting tails and methods of hunting tigers in colonial India
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2020
Sir Samuel Baker is not a story teller the likes of Hemingway or Chapstick. He is an honest Englishman who loved the thrill of the hunt. His instructions are almost textbook on how to organize and conduct a safe and successful hunt. The book is a fascinating insight into days gone by forever when a bored Englishman could mount the resources to collect the beaters and elephants to hunt tigers. Even in the late 1800's the tigers numbers were declining as Sir Baker was want to point out. Taking out man and cattle eating tigers seems to have been the noble Englishman's burden. I enjoyed the book for its peek into the past and enjoying a vicarious hunt that isn't possible in today's world.
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2018
No nonsense safety first calculating hunter, seeing through the extraneous native mind & relying on his own experience & very intelligent thinking capability. Very entertaining as well as instructive reading experience .
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 25, 2018
Interesting read and well written but it does not include man-eating tigers, just the usual slaughter of any tiger minding it's own business. It's no wonder tigers are threatened with extinction today. Mindless slaughter.
If u buy it for thrilling experience like Corbett or Anderson. Nothing in it.only last chapter is of man eaters with single story.have stories of attack of tigers on elephants during shikar but repetative. But many interesting things about shikar tactics are written which can be read once.