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Sep 04, 2007 Judy"Intergalactic Bookworm" rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Real Life/Biography/Autobiography readers
I first read this book when I was in high school in the 1970's and fell in love with both the books (sequals are Living Free and Forever Free) and the movie. It is a touching story where sometimes humans have to interfere with nature and the consequences that it may bring.
I've given this book 3/5 as I did with its prequels. Devastated by Elsa death and gutted by ending as it just kind of hit a wall and never got to find out what happened with cubs but I suppose that can't be helped. slightly easier to read than the previous two books but still annoyed by some of the unnecessary animal killings. To be completely honest it was nice to read Elsas story but on the other hand I was glad when I finished and could get on with another book that hopefully grabs my attenti ...more
The last book in this series gets one less star than the rest because I absolutely hated the ending, which in turn made me dislike most of the second half of the book. I will not ruin it for anyone who plans to read it, but I must voice how angry I am. Otherwise, I loved the series. They are exactly my kind of books.
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 i ...moreMore about Joy Adamson...
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