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Bwana Game

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A fascinating book by a man who knows more about lions than anybody else."
Hammond Innes

"Vivid and splendid. George Adamson and his seven lions live in a wild region of the Meru Game Reserve. It is a unique set-up, the lions are tame and extraordinarily affectionate towards him, wandering freely into his tent and often sleeping on his bed, yet nevertheless living the li
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 28th 1972 by Fontana
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This is the first autobiography by the man who helped raised Elsa the lioness with his wife Joy Adamson famous for her book Born Free, the story of Elsa.
This was one of the best books I have ever read. It would be up there in my top 10. He was a very awe inspiring man who though he died the year before I was born I feel a certain kinship towards him. If I could be like anyone it would be George Adamson. He has inspired me to be a better person.
What I loved most about his book was how human he
Feb 27, 2014 Travelin rated it liked it
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Published 8 years after Born Free. Mr. Adamson wasn't intelligent, educated, or thorough, but he was honest. A failed gold-miner who poisons every predator for miles and shoots any lion crossing his path in search of cattle-raiders doesn't seem much of a wildlife ranger. He may have his reasons, but they're not given. Recommending rhino horn for impotency is also short-sighted idiocy. Still, a few good anecdotes. I wish I'd had the patience to at least browse for African tall tales, but Adamson ...more
Oct 02, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing
George Adamson was a fascinating man. I have read and enjoyed all of Joy Adamsons books about Elsa and the cubs, Born Free especially. However as I did further research on George I was amazed at the life this man had lived as a game warden in Africa for most of his life. His life is full of adventure, stories, animals, and he tells it well in Bwana Game.
Jun 27, 2012 Suanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: safari, memoir, africa
Bwana Game is George Adamson's memoir of his early life with Elsa and Joy Adamson. Could have been better edited. His second book, My Pride and Joy, is quite repetitive of incidents in Bwana Game, but better written.
Aug 02, 2015 Stuart rated it it was amazing
George Adamson lead a fascinating life. The prose isn't the best, but the content makes up for that.
May 20, 2012 Sharonh rated it it was amazing
Excellent read!!
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George Adamson, the "Baba ya Simba" ("Father of Lions") of Africa, was one of the founding fathers of wildlife conservation and an author. He and his wife Joy Adamson are best known through the book and film Born Free, which is based on the true story of Elsa, an orphaned lioness cub they raised and later released into the wild.

Adamson first visited Kenya in 1924. After a series of adventures, whi
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