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Lightning Bird: One Man's Journey into Africa

4.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  68 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
"This is the true story of Adrian Boshier, a young Englishman who arrived in Africa at the age of sixteen and ventured into the bush alone, on foot, equipped with nothing more than a pocket knife and a plastic bagful of salt, to look for a world described a century earlier by Livingstone and Selous."

So begins Lyall Watson's deeply absorbing account of an amazing modern adv
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 18th 1982 by Dutton Books (first published 1982)
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Richard Reese
Mar 22, 2015 Richard Reese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is no such thing as coincidence, right? Sitting here in Oregon, I wrote a story about a guy in New Jersey, sent it to a site in England, where it was read by a guy in Greece, who pointed me to a story from South Africa, about a man I’d never heard of: Adrian Boshier (1939-1978). His life was described in Lightning Bird, a biography by Lyall Watson (1939-2008). Watson was the inventor of “the hundredth monkey,” a magical thinking meme that once went viral. The book was just what I needed: a ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Lyall Watson's refreshingly open mind. The story of Adrian Boshier is an incredible one. At 16, he moved from England to Africa with his family. With nothing but the survival skills he'd learned in some childhood training, he walked off into the wild by himself and lived that way for years. He slept in places that "felt good," learning to sleep on his stomach without moving in case a snake snuggled up to him during the night. He found he had a strange ability to handle snakes, and was so ...more
Judy Beyer
Interesting; perhaps written a little naively, but I really enjoyed the account of this fascinating man who abandoned the UK for a life lived really close to the African landscape and its people.
Cooper Cooper
Aug 15, 2009 Cooper Cooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1955 Adrian Boshier, a sixteen-year-old English boy inspired by the writings of nineteenth century explorers like Stanley and Livingstone, walked into the South African bush with nothing but a compass and a pocketknife and lived there for months among the insects, the wild beasts and the natives. He learned to survive the hard way—by doing it. For example, he learned that when you went to sleep at night you must lie in one position as though dead, and when you awakened you must move very, ve ...more
Katelis Viglas
Ναι το διάβασα εν έτει 1983. Θυμάμαι πόσο με ξένισε ο τρόπος γραφής, και το θέμα του βιβλίου. Δεν είχα ξαναδιαβάσει ανθρωπολογική μελέτη για την Αφρική. Το βιβλίο συνδυάζει τη βιογραφική με την επιστημονική έρευνα. Αναφέρεται στη ζωή ενός ανθρωπολόγου, την αφοσίωση και τη θυσία του. Η αφήγηση εναλλάσσεται με πληροφορίες που κόβουν λίγο τη ροή της. Η πραγμάτευση είναι πρωτότυπη ούτως ή άλλως. Το ενδιαφέρον είναι ότι αυτό είναι ένα βιβλίο τσέπης, που ως νέοι μπορούσαμε να έχουμε. Πράγματι καλό βιβ ...more
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Η γεμάτη περιπέτειες ζωή του Άντριαν Μπόσσιερ που προτίμησε να εγκαταλείψει στην κυριολεξία τα πάντα και να αφοσιωθεί μέχρι τον θάνατό του στην μελέτη της αφρικανικής εθνολογίας και ανθρωπολογίας.
Jul 25, 2013 Amit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very inspirational book, I read ever.
Amazing story, evocative, inspiring and sobering
Karen Grove Trimmer
I love this book. It has everything.
Adrian Boshier, Dart and all sorts of stories about witches and mambas
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Lyall Watson was a South African botanist, zoologist, biologist, anthropologist, ethologist, and author of many new age books, among the most popular of which is the best seller Supernature. Lyall Watson tried to make sense of natural and supernatural phenomena in biological terms. He is credited with the first published use of the term "hundredth monkey" in his 1979 book, Lifetide. It is a hypoth ...more
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