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The Spotted Sphinx

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Joy Adamson, world-famous for her books about Elsa the lioness, has a new and enthralling story to tell. Its heroine is Pippa, an elegant, affectionate but enigmatic cheetah - the spotted sphinx.
"Mrs. Adamson is confirmed as one of the most remarkable women of her times... I believe The Spotted Sphinx to be her best book." - Derek Tangye, Sunday Telegraph
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Hardcover, 313 pages
Published March 28th 1976 by Galahad Books (first published September 1st 1969)
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Clivemichael
Interesting perspectives; fascinating insight into lives of the cats and author's daily existence in the "wild" … I became aware how dangerously we are separating ourselves from the wild life around us and how many people today seem to forget that we are only part of a world much bigger than the one we are trying to control….pg 110
Attila
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, africa
I read this (or at least parts of it) when I was about 8-9 years old (in translation of course); I guess this was the very first "adult" book I've ever read. Loved it and revisited it several times in my teen years.
Selina Bodur
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I touched this book when I was really young, was a bookworm as a child. It left a mark in my soul. The story takes you, becomes part of you, and at the end you are one with the wild. I would recommend it to anyone who loves animals, adventure, real life stories.
Boryana  Mihaylova
"И колкото по-дълго живеех в този свят, по-ясно ми ставаше колко опасно беше нашето отделяне от живота на дивата природа, която ни заобикаля, и колко много хора днес, изглежда, забравят, че ние сме само малка частица от един свят, много по-необятен от този, който се опитваме да контролираме и управляваме. Странно е да се помисли, че човек се опитва да обуздава вечните закони на природата, вместо да се приспособи към тях. Човекът е интелектуално най-развитото и най-напредналото същество от всички ...more
Martin Hromada
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Príbeh Joy a ďalšej veľkej mačky. Mapky, fotografie, like it!
Fellini
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
В пару к истории Эльсы - история Пиппы.

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Слушая тишину, изредка нарушаемую львиным рыком в отдалении, я раздумывала о том, почему мне никогда не приходилось чувствовать такой же душевный покой, живя среди людей. Может быть, близость к дикой природе приносила мне такое ощущение необъятности, вечности, что рядом с ним все остальное казалось мелким. Или причина в том, что мы слишком часто обманываем себя, придавая людям, которых любим, облик, созданный нашей фантазией, а потом сваливаем на
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Clare O'Beara
Feb 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Pippa was a cheetah reared by a person living in Africa and given to Joy Adamson when she grew quite large. Her name was originally Kitten but Joy changed it, as shouting Pippa would carry better over large areas.

We get to understand that while Joy wanted Pippa to live free, the small, light cheetah is below lions, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs in the pecking order and often its prey gets away. So even their sprinting speed may not provide a meal. The prey has to be small enough for one
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Sara
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, animals
I went through a Joy Adamson phase after seeing a film based on "Born Free" while visiting my great-aunt, who had cable TV. Of all her books, I enjoyed her Pippa stories most.
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Joy Adamson (born Friederike Victoria Gessner) was a naturalist, artist, and author best known for her book, Born Free, which describes her experiences raising a lion cub named Elsa. Born Free was printed in several languages, and made into an Academy Award-winning movie of the same name. In 1977, she was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art. Born to Victor and Traute Gessner ...more