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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
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Paperback, 19, 228 pages
Published 2012 by Oxford University Press, India (first published 1944)
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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
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Fiona
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A man-eating tiger is a tiger that has been compelled, through stress of circumstances beyond its control, to adopt a diet alien to it.

This was the book I was originally after when I picked up The Man-Eaters of Tsavo, and though that book was interesting, this was absolutely excellent.

Jim Corbett, the author, was born in India to Irish parents. In love with the jungles of the country from a young age, he later became a hunter, tracker, photographer, naturalist and conservationist. While that m
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Allison
May 24, 2013 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
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Josh
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Renuka
This is the third book I am leaving unfinished this year. This is not bad right :/

So, I am a bigtime wildlife lover. I watch all those wildlife-related documentaries running on Discovery, Nat-Geo, etc. My favorite channel is BBC Earth. And, Most importantly I love Tigers!!!!

That's why it was so overwhelming for me to read the author describing how he shot the Tigers and called them "Man-Eaters". I will never ever support hunting and shooting of animals.
I agree that they were a menace to the vil
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John Winterson
Mar 24, 2015 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
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Shine Sebastian
The best wilderness book I've read so far!! In ' Man Eaters of Kumaon' , Jim Corbett, an exceptionally talented hunter, writer , and in his later years a conservationist, gives us the blood-chilling, frightening , and highly exciting experiences and encounters with the furious wild, while he was hunting the 'Man-Eating' tigers of the Indian forests.
Corbett is so good at his writing and narrative style, so that I experienced the incredible wilderness and the fascinating animals so intimately for
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Dennis Koniecki
Mar 18, 2014 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
Sikata
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
As you may have gathered from the summary of the book, it's about man eaters and their pursuit by Corbett. As much as I was pleased to read about Corbett's passion for animals, I was equally repulsed by him sitting and skinning his kills. Yes yes. Those times. (I have been duly pointed the error in this seeing as how the time was different. I guess I am looking back through a glass and judging the normalcy of the time) Most tigers became man eaters because of the injuries sustained from other hu ...more
Michael
Sep 28, 2012 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
Jaya Kumar K
Jul 12, 2012 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
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Chandrashekar
Sep 24, 2015 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
Nigel
Oct 23, 2013 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
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Bookworm
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
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Sjs
Feb 09, 2010 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
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Alcatraz Dey
Jul 16, 2015 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
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Abhinav
Feb 02, 2016 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
Shrinidhi
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian
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
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Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 13, 2012 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
Amerynth
Jul 27, 2012 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
Namitha Varma
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, wildlife
The narrative is gripping, and learning about hunting styles of yore was fun. Unlike game-hunting killing man-eaters is the task for a highly patient and sensible person. I read a few of these stories in the dread of the night while being alone in a homestay inside a forest, so I could understand Corbett's own anxieties as he stalked the man-eaters. But despite knowing that the tigers killed in the book were addicted man-eaters, each kill of Corbett's broke something in my heart. Tigers are amon ...more
Shiva
Jan 01, 2013 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
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Varun Nayak
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jim Corbett is widely considered to be the greatest hunter-conversationalist in nineteenth century. This book is a collection of stories of man eater from the Kumaon region of modern day Uttarakhand where Jim spent about two decades shooting tigers that had terrorized the locals.

What I particularly loved about this one is Corbett's superb description of the topography as he went about shooting the tigers. The details are top notch; it literally tele-ports the reader right in the middle of the ac
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Vijai Jayaram
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read it again after over 15 years...as 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
Arjun Varma.
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent read considering the fact that the author was not a renowned literateur. A very lucid description of the anecdotes from his hunting expeditions, each story is compelling and gripping. The description of the jungle and the details involved in pursuit of a man-eater was absolutely interesting to read. The stories of the people who lived in fear of the lurking man-eater in their villages were conveyed with great empathy. Although I was against his using of the word "sport" for ...more
Jitender Singh
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book overall is very good. Some very good suspense moments but for me it was tough to imagine the landscape that was described by Jim Corbett.
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
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Anuja
Jan 20, 2013 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
Dennis
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this book several times when I was a kid. It is thrilling and extremely well written. A great look at a true story about a time and place that are both far away - the adventures of a hunter who was called upon to track and kill man-eating tigers in the jungles of of India. There is now a Corbett Tiger Reserve in India named in his honor.

The chapter on Robin, Corbet's hunting dog, is by itself worth the price of the book. An excerpt: "I did not want a pup .. he walked once around me, and t
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Missy J
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reading this, it was clear that Jim Corbett wasn't a writer by profession. He worked with tigers. And how incredible his knowledge about tigers was!

While reading this, I awe-struck how close to nature Jim lives. Spending weeks in the jungle alone, stalking tigers, recognizing signs of movements of the tiger without using any GPS-tracking system. He could even call for a tigress during the mating season (which is in November)!

I admire Jim for his compassion, he gets so well along with the native
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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.” 10 likes
“Minutes passed, each pulling my hopes down a little lower from the heights to which they had soared, and then, when tension on my nerves and the weight of the heavy rifle were becoming unbearable, I heard a stick snap at the upper end of the thicket. Here was an example of how a tiger can move through the jungle. From the sound she had made I knew her exact position, had kept my eyes fixed on the spot, and yet she had come, seen me, stayed some time watching me, and then gone away without my having seen a leaf or a blade of grass move.” 1 likes
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