A full bag from the happy hunting grounds of Africa is brought to us by Ossi Koenig, formidable marksman with gun, camera,...

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A full bag from the happy hunting grounds of Africa is brought to us by Ossi Koenig, formidable marksman with gun, camera, and the word who took the road to bush and plain shortly after the first World War and remained to enjoy a land where reality and enchantment mingle in a special blend. His love of Africa, its starry nights and its creatures, comes to us as surely through his racontage as does his intimate knowledge of the wild game he first hunted as a professional and later sought to protect in planning the National Park of Tanganyika and the new game laws. There are amusing spectacles here -- as of the rhino whom Ossi Koenig ousted on request from a railway section the beast rather forcefully claimed as his own; there are the many thrilling moments of big game hunting, with insights into the ways of elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo -- always seasoned with humor or with sympathy; there are the touching moments when man and animal come close -- as did the game warden in Nairobi and his tame lioness (a movie star whose life was taken by a man frightened by her appearance in his garden); there are the moving times when man meets myth in the form of the elephant Selemani, considered to be perhaps three hundred years old and never killed by avid hunters. For the audience of Hunter this memoir of years in Africa so alive with tales of man and beast, so revealing of the head and heart of the hunter is a must.

Pub Date: March 28, 1955

ISBN: N/A

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Publisher: McGraw-Hill

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1955