Written in the 1950s, Hunter recounts the career of John A Hunter, a professional big game hunter and former chairman of Tanganyika National Parks J A Hunter led a life of adventure, but, perhaps, the most astonishing tale in this book is his incredible adventures while hunting rhino As a game ranger, he was ordered by the Tanganyikan government to clear out dozens of rogue rhinos from the area around Makueni, and the accounts of his experiences are spine tingling Hunter hunted throughout East Africa for bongo in the Ituri rain forest former Zaire , lion in Masailand Kenya , and the man killing buffalo near Thomson s Falls with his favorite dog Kenya....
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Very entertaining read touching on a good variety of subjects from the author's life and time as a poacher, game warden and big game hunter for hire in Kenya in the 1910's-1940's. The author's writing style is enjoyable and his adventures both varied and enjoyable without appearing sensational or exaggerated. This work is a product of its times, with the author mostly unapologetic about slaughtering huge numbers of game, in his case mostly at the behest of the Kenyan government to help clear wild lands for settlers, and with an attitude that hunting wild animals is the only true way to enjoy them. But despite these very outdated attitudes there was enough in this book to keep me interested til the end.
By all accounts Mr. Hunter was and remains a hunting legend of Africa. I found it difficult to put this book down and though a very enjoyable read, sad in the way of knowing that the time he described is no longer. A remarkable man who lived a remarkable life telling his stories that I would bet anyone of us would find interesting at the least. This is one of those books that I will pick up periodically over the years to read again and in a way wish I could have had a similar experience. This man and his kind didn't exist, they lived. I highly recommend this book and will purchase the other of his works.
I first read Hunter in 1961 when I was ten years old, and have read it many times since. The stories and the humble, quiet manner in which it was written have never ceased to impress me. I'm a writer myself (Einstein's Trunk and soon to be published A Thousand Suns)and thoroughly enjoy his clear, unaffected style. No histronics, no boasting, no fluffy, overwrought language - just a remarkable story, well and simply told, from the pen of a good man.
Received in nearly-new condition. The book itself is an outstanding account of the glory days of one of the greatest big-game hunters that ever lived. His life is an adventure story.
I ordered three books by John A. Hunter following the recommendation of modern hunting writer Craig Boddington. This book is Hunter's autobiography. About one-fourth of the book is personal details of his life--growing up in Scotland, moving to Africa as a young adult, etc. The other three-fourths of the book is tales and stories from his many adventures as a professional hunter and game ranger (mostly in Kenya). The tales of his adventures reel off one after another--a part of me felt like I was sitting by a campfire in Africa listening intently with joy. I did not want to put the book down.
I first read this book back in the 80's from our public library. Their book eventually fell apart and I went 20 years without reading this book. I'm so glad to have it now. It is the best book on African big game hunting. It is a must read for anyone interested in Big Game hunting in the golden years.
If you like reading about hunting in old Africa, but still of a fairly modern time, this is a great read. I wish I could find my first edition copy as I see it is now worth quite a bit more. One of those loans that never came back and I can't remember who I loaned it to. I consider this a must have in any hunters library. You are reading about a past era, so don't think this is any sort of how-to book. Just a timeless portrait of a man and his fascinating life. I am so glad it was re-published. Enjoy.
Every hunter should read this book. I'm not a hunter. I don't own any guns. But, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories of John Alexander Hunter, one of Africa's preeminent white hunters from about 1910 through 1950. The bush and jungles of Kenya come alive as Hunter describes the unique characteristics and habits of the animals he hunts as well as the people tribes he encounters. Each chapter showpieces an assortment of incredible hunts.