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Innocent Killers

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Unknown Binding, 222 pages
Published June 1st 1971 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 1970)
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Maria
Jun 29, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, africa
Innocent Killers is a book written in 1971 by Jane Goodall and her husband at the time, photographer Hugo van Lawick, describing their time observing three species of carnivores in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater: African wild dogs, golden jackals, and spotted hyenas. They spent two years on these studies, with their infant son in tow, and what emerged is a series of charming, hilarious, and poignant tales about a vast assemblage of animal characters. As Goodall notes in her epilogue, after ...more
Les Dangerfield
Mar 11, 2014 Les Dangerfield rated it liked it
This book recounts observations of packs of wild dogs, jackals and hyenas in Tanzania by Jane Goodall and her then husband. I was attracted to the book having met Jane a few years ago in India. She wrote the introductory section and the one on hyenas, he wrote about the wild dogs and the jackals. She is definitely the more engaging writer of the two and I sometimes found the parts which Hugo wrote quite hard going. There's quite a lot of repetition and laborious recounting of not especially inte ...more
Kevin
Jan 05, 2015 Kevin rated it liked it
What was initially a interesting and compelling subject slowly became slobber and drool due to excessive repetition. I did enjoy some aspects of the book, as it was recommended to me by the local "dog whisperer".

It seems he has spent so much time talking to dogs that he has forgotten what a good book is like.
Nathan Nulph
Aug 19, 2014 Nathan Nulph rated it really liked it
Excellent nature writing. Accessible to the layman.
Sarah
Apr 03, 2008 Sarah marked it as to-read
Reminder to myself this is a book about hyenas, jackals, and wild dogs.
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