In fascinating and often amusing detail, Bull depicts both the hardships and the incongruous luxury of the classic safaris of the early 20th century and presents the legend of the great white hunter as seen by H. Rider Haggard, Hemingway, and Hollywood. 275 photos and illustrations, 75 in full color.In fascinating and often amusing detail, Bull depicts both the hardships and the incongruous luxury of the classic safaris of the early 20th century and presents the legend of the great white hunter as seen by H. Rider Haggard, Hemingway, and Hollywood. 275 photos and illustrations, 75 in full color.Read Less
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Bartle Bull writes a story from the one-sided perspective of British hunters in a style typical of colonialism and their belief of supremacy. He belittles all about Africa and its people and puts the British hunter on a superior level. How could they have discovered anything in Africa - the people of Africa already knew the animals for eons. Maybe they educated and informed their own people back in England, the enlightened ones, but they did not discover anything. He also refers to the Boer people (white Afrikaners) in a derogative way, implicating on various occasions that they are simple minded to this day, forgetting about their significant achievements in science, medicine and various other fields, their excellent ability in almost any sport that they practise and their high level of education and civilisation. Bartle Bull honours those who raped the continent from its wildlife and treasures, the bandits / villains who destroyed more of nature in their lifetimes than the earth could withstand. Shame on him and shame on them - the so-called hunters: the relentless invaders and destroyers of all that is so precious and should be preserved.
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