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Man-Eaters of Kumaon

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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 grea
Paperback, 19, 228 pages
Published 2012 by Oxford University Press, India (first published 1944)
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Jun 21, 2011 Josh rated it really liked it
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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 ...more
May 24, 2013 Allison rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 28, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
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 cau ...more
John Winterson
Mar 24, 2015 John Winterson rated it it was amazing

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 vast
Alcatraz Dey
Jul 16, 2015 Alcatraz Dey rated it really liked it
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
Jaya Kumar K
Jul 12, 2012 Jaya Kumar K rated it it was amazing
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
Shrinidhi Kalwad
Jan 27, 2017 Shrinidhi Kalwad rated it really liked it
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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
Sep 24, 2015 Chandrashekar rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feb 09, 2010 Sjs rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 23, 2013 Nigel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-non-fiction
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 13, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-re-read
Well, I reviewed this a while ago...and 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 ...more
Jan 01, 2013 Shiva rated it liked it
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
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
Ganesh Sanal
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
Rajeev Roshan
Feb 22, 2013 Rajeev Roshan rated it it was amazing
हर अंत के बाद एक शानदार शुरुआत होती है।
हर रात के बाद के सुनदर सा सूरज निकलता है।
हर जंग के बाद विजय का जशन मनाया जाता है।
हर हार के बाद जीतने की आशा और बलवती होती जाती है।

मेरे जीवन इन आशावादी वाकयों का बडा ही महतव है। वैसे तो मैं एक आशावादी वयकति हूँ पर कभी कभी निराशा से भी दो-चार होना पडता है। ऐसे समय में एक पुसतक उठा लेता हूँ "सफलता के बढते कदम" सवेट मोरडेन दवारा लिखित। यह किताब मुझे हमेशा निराशा से दूर और आशाओं के करीब ले जाता है। लेकिन ऐसा नहीं है की इस दारशनिक पुसतक ने ही मेरे जीवन पर परभाव ड
Vijai Jayaram
Jan 28, 2017 Vijai Jayaram rated it really liked it
Read it again after over 15 good as I remembered it to be... particularly enjoyed the arduous stalks in the case of Chowgarh and Thak...JC is a great storyteller...will try the next book in the hope that it does not become repetitive
Dennis Koniecki
Mar 18, 2014 Dennis Koniecki rated it it was amazing
"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 ...more
Ridhika Khanna
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
Jan 20, 2013 Anuja rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Feb 02, 2016 Abhinav rated it it was amazing
This is an exceptional book from a bygone, ertwhile era. Corbett decribes his experiences hunting man eating tigers in the Kumaon region of India, when the country was under British rule. Corbett's vivid descriptions of the hills, valley, ravines, flora and fauna are greatly helpful in bringing the scenery to life in the reader's mind. It is evident from the many brushes that he has had with these man eaters that he has been able to escape relatively unscathed only due to his extremely cautious ...more
Feb 15, 2013 Azn rated it it was amazing
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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.

Jul 27, 2012 Amerynth rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nishant Thakur
Nov 09, 2015 Nishant Thakur rated it really liked it
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.
Samisha Sood
Jul 13, 2016 Samisha Sood rated it liked it
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.
Oct 30, 2015 Siddharth rated it it was amazing
Nothing defines tigers and Himalayas so exquisitely as this book.
Adithya Bharadwaj
Nov 07, 2016 Adithya Bharadwaj rated it really liked it
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Jan 10, 2017 Yougo rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: My Sister
An interesting adventure story. The author spent over 30 years hunting man eating tigers. Several of his hunts are detailed here. The writing is a little old style and very conversational, it kind of reminds me of reading some of Baden Powell's old writings. I can't say I loved the book, but I did enjoy it and found it a worthwhile read from an entertainment perspective (and from a cultural perspective).

While the content could have been quite graphic, the author has done a great job of presentin
Nov 18, 2016 Crystalooker rated it it was amazing
By the time I got to the second tale in this collection of hunting recollections, I was hooked. The style is lucid but elegant. Jim Corbett, the narrator takes centre stage though. He has masterfully brought the jungle and the tiger into my mindscape. The world the tiger inhabits and he shares with the hunter, who while hunting also shares a bond with his "game" is a fascinating story told.
Highly recommended.
Feb 20, 2017 Rupali rated it really liked it
While this book is largely based on Tiger(man-eater)hunting experience by Jim corbett ,it certainly changes our perspective of what we think about a man-hunting tiger.As violent as they may seem,it is mostly about a gun-shot or some other wound that eventually renders the Tiger weak and consequently,forces it to choose weaker target,that is Human.
Jun 01, 2014 MadHatter rated it it was amazing
Oh, splendid, splendid book!!

Jim Corbett has such a natural story-telling voice, you feel as though he's sitting on an armchair in front of a roaring fire, cup of chai or tumbler of brandy in hand, personally relating these incredible, and true tales of him hunting down ferocious man-eating tigers in northern India's Kumaon region. I kid thee not!

This book had me tearful when reading about the loyal relationship he had with Robin, agitated when met with obstacles, squirming on the edge of my se
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Edward James "Jim" Corbett was a British hunter, turned conservationist, author and naturalist, famous for hunting a large number of man-eaters in India.

Corbett held the rank of colonel in the British Indian Army and was frequently called upon by the government of the United Provinces, now the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, to kill man-eating tigers and leopards that were harassin
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“Those who have never seen a leopard under favourable conditions in his natural surroundings can have no conception of the grace of movement, and beauty of colouring, of this the most gracefuL and the most beautiful of all animales in our Indian jungles.” 9 likes
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