A Lion Called Christian: The True Story of the Remarkable Bond between Two Friends and a Lion
In 2008 an extraordinary two-minute film clip appeared on YouTube and immediately became an international phenomenon. It captures the moving reunion of two young men and their pet lion Christian, after they had left him in Africa with Born Free’s George Adamson to introduce him into his rightful home in the wild.
A Lion Called Christian tells the remarkable story of how Ant
I knew about Christian the lion firstly from YouTube. Later on I learned about the fascinating life his previous owners had with him, before he became too large for them to keep...more
It didn't help that I was already deeply interested in unique human-animal interactions. The story of Timothy Treadwell ("Grizzly Man")...more
"4.5 stars" A Lion Called Christian is a wonderful, almost serendipitous true story of how two friends from Australia purchased a lion cub from Harrod's Department Store in London in 1969, and about a year later were able to return him to the wild in Africa. Christian seemed like the most gentle, even-tempered lion one could ever hope to encounter. He also had a very big personality. From the moment the authors, Anthony “Ace” Bourke and John Rendall met Christian at Harro...more
This is one of the very few books I've read that I both could not put down and wanted frequently to throw against the wall.
I couldn't stop reading because it's exactly the kind of story I enjoy: a unique non-fiction animal story. I saw the YouTube video of Christian and wanted to know more, and the book works very well when it's about Christian and his story....more
The answer is yes. It is well organized, fun, interesting and wonderfully written. Rendall and Rourke are also surprisingly self-aware. They admit numerous times that owning a lion was a dangerous, one-in-a-lifetime decision that they were lucky to escape positively.
Their story is one th...more
This is the story of how John and Ace met Christian, how they prepared a house in London for him with the knowledge that they would have to find him a...more
As a kid I remember going through a whole string of equally as unimaginatively named true animal stories such as A Seal Called Andre, Rascal, and That Quail, Robert. There is just something amazing to me about human relationships with wild animals. As an adult, some of my recent other animal reads include Modoc (Elephant) and Zamba (Lion).
A Lion Called Christian was originally...more
Although these young men had no knowledge how to rear a lion, they did an amazing job. Times were very different in the early 70's, Christian would play in the shop with his owners or customers, he also was allowed to exercise in a local park.
Fortunately, when he became too large and powerful, he was sent to Africa for rehabilitation to surviv...more
Have to quit reading this one.
The friends, Ace and John, traveled to Africa with Christian to meet the man that would...more
An uplifting story about man and beast b...more
I did enjoy the story though – it was full of heart and love for Christian. I never really forgot that he was a lion and how scary they could be, but for some of the story I could understand how they could snuggle and connect with Christian. I understood they...more
I think most people who have been using the internet for the past ten years would have seen the clip at some point, either on YouTube or circulated in a feel-good email, of Ace Bour...more
Acho que posso dizer com toda a honestidade que são um amante do "mundo verde", em especial dos animais e se estes forem felinos torna-se num fascínio.
Por isso quando soube do fenómeno do YouTube fiquei comovido e não resisti à compra do livro o acompanhou. "Um Leão Chamado Christian" foi recentemente reeditado pelos seus autores que reviram alguns dos factos, acrescentaram outros tantos e houve ainda um aumento do número...more
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