Man-Eaters of Kumaon

Jim Corbett


Man-Eaters of Kumaon

Man-Eaters of Kumaon

  • Title: Man-Eaters of Kumaon
  • Author: Jim Corbett
  • ISBN: 9780195622553
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Paperback



Jim Corbett was every inch a hero, something like a sahib Davy Crockett expert in the ways of the jungle, fearless in the pursuit of man eating big cats, and above all a crack shot Brought up on a hill station in north west India, he killed his first leopard before he was nine and went on to achieve a legendary reputation as a hunter Corbett was also an author of greaJim Corbett was every inch a hero, something like a sahib Davy Crockett expert in the ways of the jungle, fearless in the pursuit of man eating big cats, and above all a crack shot Brought up on a hill station in north west India, he killed his first leopard before he was nine and went on to achieve a legendary reputation as a hunter Corbett was also an author of great renown His books on the man eating tigers he once tracked are not only established classics, but have by themselves created almost a separate literary genre Man Eaters of Kumaon is the best known of Corbett s books, one which offers ten fascinating and spine tingling tales of pursuing and shooting tigers in the Indian Himalayas during the early years of this century The stories also offer first hand information about the exotic flora, fauna, and village life in this obscure and treacherous region of India, making it as interesting a travelogue as it is a compelling look at a bygone era of big game hunting.


Recent Comments "Man-Eaters of Kumaon"

This book was a little difficult for me to rate. The prime reason being that I am absolutely in love with tigers. I have seen a lot of documentaries on tigers and have enjoyed it thoroughly. I had heard about Jim Corbett as a famous hunter. He has undoubtedly killed many tigers while hunting and only a handful of them were man eaters. This point disturbed me a lot as I am against such hunting. To me, hunting is only justified if you have to put food on the table or in this book's case the target [...]

I can't recall how I came across this book exactly, I think I was browsing around for out-of-copyright stuff and other freebies that I could populate the Kindle with. Because normally I wouldn't be all that interested in an old book about big game hunting, presuming it would just be some oblivious early-20th-century white guy plowing through jungles with an elephant gun killing tigers so he could have something to brag about over brandy and cigars. Nor am I a hunter, and I'm keenly aware of the [...]

Jim Corbett, Sahib and master of hunting, walks the reader through 7 tales of his hunting - and destroying - man-eating tigers. As Corbett patiently explains, humans are not tigers' natural nor preferred prey, and tigers resort to man only if the animal suffers a physical ailment that causes it to seek out an easy target. Sometimes these ailments are from animal injury or human intervention, regardless of the cause the animals soon begins to prowl for human flesh.Living in a 21st century modern [...]

The best wilderness book I've read so far!! In ' Man Eaters of Kumaon' , Jim Corbett, an exceptionally talented hunter, writer , and in his later years a conservationist, gives us the blood-chilling, frightening , and highly exciting experiences and encounters with the furious wild, while he was hunting the 'Man-Eating' tigers of the Indian forests. Corbett is so good at his writing and narrative style, so that I experienced the incredible wilderness and the fascinating animals so intimately for [...]

Jim Corbett was a trophy hunter turned conservationist. The only problem is the whole "better late than never" theory doesn't really apply here because he can't bring back or replace the dead big cats he destroyed for nothing more than his ego and their skin. Yes, some of these were man eaters that posed a problem to innocent people. But the thing I noticed was most of these became "man eaters" because someone like Corbett tried to shoot them for no reason. there by wounding them which caused th [...]

The ‘Great White Hunter’ genre has fallen out of favour, especially with the media classes. Yet perhaps we must question whether, in replacing old prejudices with new, we can in fact be less broad-minded than our ancestors, who in many ways had no choice but to develop a practical knowledge of the world in which they lived.Jim Corbett certainly presents a challenge to some fashionable perceptions of the role of the semi-professional hunter and of the last decades of British India. Like the v [...]

A comprehensive narration of the experiences of Jim Corbett in the forests of North India.Thrills us to the core. Made me look around for any stalking tiger one night, in the 3rd floor balcony of my apartment in a city!The book shares not just the story of tigers, but the passion of Jim Corbett for all these creatures, the kind natured man who exposes himself of his good heart when he tries to find all ways to spare a cat before deciding to shoot it down. Walking alone in search of man eaters, s [...]

A comprehensive narration of the experiences of Jim Corbett in the forests of North India.Thrills us to the core. Made me look around for any stalking tiger one night, in the 3rd floor balcony of my apartment in a city!The book shares not just the story of tigers, but the passion of Jim Corbett for all these creatures, the kind natured man who exposes himself of his good heart when he tries to find all ways to spare a cat before deciding to shoot it down. Walking alone in search of man eaters, s [...]

"A village in a jungle was being terrorized by a man-eating tigress. She'd killed over 200 farmers and nobody could stop her. So they contacted me. I didn't want to be responsible for any other deaths, so I went into the jungle alone with only my faithful companion Robin--the best dog the world has ever known--to watch my back. After a brisk hike of 10 miles I sat down to have a light lunch consisting of a giant river trout that I'd just caught myself and, of course, plenty of steaming hot tea t [...]

Man Eaters of Kumaon, if seen only as a literary work, is brilliant. And that is where I want to focus the review on. This is not the right forum to get into the whole debate about the ethics concerning 'Big Game Hunting'. The book is engaging though you sometimes get a feeling that you are reading the same story all over again with minor changes. I cant give another negative comment on the content because this was my first book on the genre and being a closet amateur wildlife enthusiast I loved [...]

What a read! I was totally taken with the man as much as his adventures, a quiet an unassuming person with an almost limitless knowledge of the jungle. Jim Corbett details his adventures hunting man-eating tigers around India in the 1920's. Some of these cats killed well over 500 people, Corbett hunted to protect people and not for the sake of hunting.Corbett also teaches the reader important principles of conservation as he relates his story. Here is a man completely at ease in nature with a gr [...]

I first read this book many many years ago and it stayed in my mind. Recently one or two things raised it in my memory and I decided it would be good to read it again while waiting for another book to arrive. Given that this was written in the middle of the last century about events in the first half of that century it is remarkably readable and timeless.Jim Corbett was a sportsman (hunter) who took to hunting man eating tigers (and other wildlife) in the foothills of the Himalaya. However despi [...]

The fact that struck me when I was a few pages into this book was how well Jim Corbett understood the jungle. He understood nature more that most of us ever will. And he hunted man-eating tigers. If that isn't heroic, then nothing else is!Man-Eaters of Kumaon is a collection of incidents documented by Corbett himself during the twenties and thirties in the Himalayan foothills. Tigers are not natural predators of man. They turn man eaters because of injuries, loss of habitat, hunger and a variety [...]

Well, I reviewed this a while agod Alice ate it. So here we go again. As I said before in the review you didn't get to read and that's now spread among the random electrons of the internet, this book is far too good to have been read as I did, just to get it done and back to the library. I have a situation here where I'm involved in a couple of group reads and also a dozen (or more) library books showed up at once. This is one of them. It's not only a library book, but an interlibrary loan book, [...]

A good read, but written in a time when hunting big cats for sport was thought to be perfectly fine.While I could stomach the stories about man eaters he tracked down and killed, I was repelled by the ones where he would shoot tigers just for sport and collect 'trophies' of their skin. Hunting by these 'sahibs' and unchecked poaching is what has made the tiger a near extinct species today. These stories serve as a reminder of the glorious time when India's jungles were teeming with these wonderf [...]

The narrative is gripping, and learning about hunting styles of yore was fun. Unlike game-hunting killing man-eaters is the task for a highly patient and sensible person. I read a few of these stories in the dread of the night while being alone in a homestay inside a forest, so I could understand Corbett's own anxieties as he stalked the man-eaters. But despite knowing that the tigers killed in the book were addicted man-eaters, each kill of Corbett's broke something in my heart. Tigers are amon [...]

Absolutely fascinating account of one man's experiences stalking some of the most dangerous animals in India-man eating tigers! I loved Jim Corbett's neat and concise way of writing. His descriptions were minute and not one bit boring. I couldn't imagine facing the danger he did, months at a stretch, wondering if the next step would be his last. He has such a deep love for nature too, and a keen enjoyment of the little things like a birds nest, or trout stream that make one feel he is talking to [...]

हर अंत के बाद एक शानदार शुरुआत होती है।हर रात के बाद के सुन्दर सा सूरज निकलता है।हर जंग के बाद विजय का जश्न मनाया जाता है।हर हार के बाद जीतने की आशा और बलवती होती जाती है।मेरे जीवन इन आशावादी वा [...]

Read it again after over 15 years good as I remembered it to be particularly enjoyed the arduous stalks in the case of Chowgarh and ThakJC is a great storytellerwill try the next book in the hope that it does not become repetitive

The book overall is very good. Some very good suspense moments but for me it was tough to imagine the landscape that was described by Jim Corbett.

I despise hunting as a sport and a Tiger is a magnificent animal. But I don't intend to bore anyone reading this review with my opinion on the book's subject.This was quite an awesome read. Though Mr. Corbbet, as a hunter, often misleads his prey, he follows a no-nonsense approach as an author. There is nothing in this book about the author's past or his personal life or even his opinions for that matter. It's all about the hunt and he puts us right in between the gun and the beast. At about the [...]

I have been reading this book for long and managed to finish it finally! The reasons for the slow progress are manifold and none of them are related to how good the book is. Everybody has heard about Jim Corbett (we have a national park named after him after all), but the book gives so much insight into Jim Corbett and his love for the jungle. His insights from years of work following tigers and being in the jungle in general show from the writing. But what stands out is his love for it, every h [...]

I read this book several times when I was a kid. It is thrilling and extremely well written. A great look at a true story about a time and place that are both far away - the adventures of a hunter who was called upon to track and kill man-eating tigers in the jungles of of India. There is now a Corbett Tiger Reserve in India named in his honor.The chapter on Robin, Corbet's hunting dog, is by itself worth the price of the book. An excerpt: "I did not want a pup he walked once around me, and the [...]

One of the best books I've ever read. Jim Corbett should be the inspiration of all youth; his courage and love for nature and fellow man are unwavering, which pressed him to face grave dangers all by himself. This was a very nail biting experience, and many times as I read this my fingers went cold. The brutality was described in a matter of fact way, not over the top for the sake of sensationalism, and not once did Corbett praised himself, nor did he pride himself in killing these animals. Over [...]

What makes Jim Corbett's "Man-Eaters of Kuamon" so wonderful is his eye for detail. Corbett traveled on foot across India hunting man-eating tigers from in the 1920's and 1930's. His book, not only reports his adventures stalking tigers, but gives a great sense of the jungle and a small taste of the people living in the region. His tales are so descriptive, you can really imagine yourself next to him hearing a tiger's roar disconcertingly close by as you're crouched in the bush or up a tree. Ver [...]

A classic account of Jim Corbett's expeditions to hunt down man-eater tigers of Kumaon. While reading the book, it seemed I have been transported to 1930s, where everyday chores like collecting firewood in a man-eater infested area is a dare, where the whole villages were evacuated and economic activities came to a standstill owing to menace of man-eaters.

Although killing of tigers is unfortunate, this book is from nearly a century ago and the circumstances were significantly diiferent hence justified to a great extent.Description of Kumaon jungles is captured so well.This book surely transports one to a different day and age! A very enjoyable read!

I am not doing complete justice when i rate this book with 3 stars. The reason i did not like this book is perhaps my lack of interest in the subject of wildlife and tigers. I somehow managed to read this book till the end. For those who are wildlife lovers this book will prove to be a worth read.

Hunter-turned-conservationist very vividly describes the landscape he operated in (Garhwal Kumaon) in the pre-Independence era. Other than that, the book is close to my heart only because it was one of my first readings about wildlife in India.

True stories of a lone man hunting tigers in forests of Kumaon; it doesn't get more thrilling than this! "Unputdownable"


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