The Classic Hunting Book
by Vibhav on July 12, 2007Man-eaters of Kumaon is the classic hunting book. Jim Corbett’s vivid narrative makes one feel as if walking next to him as he treks in the Himalayan foothills, or feel the nervous tension as he pulls the trigger after months of relentless pursuit.
The series of several true stories describe Jim Corbett’s pursuit of man-eating tigers in the Himalayan foothills. His powerful and detailed narrative make the stories full of adventure, and often have the reader turning pages furiously as he stalks the tigers over vast territories, often walking several miles every day. His through knowledge of the wildlife, and how tigers and other animals behave make it a high-stakes hide-and-seek game.
But there’s more than adventure in the books – Corbett describes the villages and everyday life and the beautiful mountains he walks through. He also takes the time to explain why and how tigers turn man-eaters, which are not their natural prey. It is clear that while he is hunting the tigers, his also has a lot of admiration and respect for the majestic beasts.
This book is a must read for its language and style, which is almost considered a genre of writing in its own. It’s a quintessential introduction to the region if you are planning to hike in or visit the Kumaon or Garhwal areas in the Indian Himalaya.
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