THE TIGERS OF TRENGGANU by Lt. Col. A. Locke

THE TIGERS OF TRENGGANU

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Malayan members of the tiger species are dealt with in measures of admiration and realism by a man who came to know them well as District Officer of Kemaman from 1949 through 1951. Col. Locke found that a major duty was the protection of the villagers from cow-killers and man-eaters. This led him to search out the ways of the great cats -- their killing and eating habits, the training of the young, the love duet of the breeding season, their distribution, lifespan, size. It also led him into terrorist-ridden jungles to finish the depredations of beasts who preferred buffalo to wild boar or who through weakness or fearlessness sought human flesh. Killing reluctantly, Lt. Locke expresses the fierce love for his prey which characterizes the great hunter; yet his telling of the Malayan superstitions and legends which reveal the place of the tiger in Malayan life and culture is tempered with the naturalist's judgment. Whether it is Corbett's India or Locke's Malaya, the tiger burning bright fascinates.

Pub Date: Aug. 18th, 1954
Publisher: Scribner