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4.52  ·  Rating details ·  600 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Jim Corbett's riveting accounts of shikar in the Himalayan foothills have kept generations of readers enthralled. The Jim Corbett Omnibus includes three enduring tales of Corbett's encounters with man-eaters.

Man-eaters of Kumaon contains fascinating stories of tracking and shooting of man-eaters in the Indian Himalayas during the early years of the last century. The storie
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 604 pages
Published 2012 by Oxford University Press (first published 1991)
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Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books ever written, this book is not legendary because of Corbett's immaculate hunting descriptions, but it becomes much greater than that because Corbett paints such a beautiful (almost edging into the surreal) picture of the Kumaoni way of life. He loves the hill people, adores their simple life; he describes it with such heart warming care! The scenery is flawlessly described, the man eaters sharply spotted, the gun effortlessly raised and the bullet unfailingly fired. Gem of ...more
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book that I have read of jungle stories and hunting. The stories contain a nice description of the behaviour of different animals in a jungle, why a leopard and a tiger becomes a man-eater, the humble hill-folk, and of-course the beauty of the jungle. A hunter who is assigned the arduous task of killing a man-eater who has caused mayhem in the villages and has instilled fear in humans such that they don't venture out in the dark, should have extreme level of perseverance. The R ...more
Arun Nair
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
A timeless compilation of the awe inspiring accounts of Jim Corbett's life in India, adventures and encounters with fearsome man-eaters.

This book is special because I picked it up a few years ago during my trip to Corbett, in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. I read some of the stories in a resort not far away from the tiger reserve, which made the reading experience surreal. In more than a few instances, I could feel a shiver up the spine as I read his encounters because I was right there in C
Ankur Dhankar
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best damn freaking book I’ve ever read..
While my review lingo is contemporary in nature
The book is written in the sweet-spot-of-British-English kinda formal in nature
Somewhere between Jane Austin and JKR, w/o the stiff upper lip of course
the writer is I’ll say, basically an Indian dude, minus the superstition, fright , and voodoo of the good old days
Overall I’m saying he’s not at all Indian, he’s logical & brave and has the heart of the conquerors of the said countries
It’s highly descrip
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you are fascinated by forest adventures..Welcome aboard..This book will move you to the depths of north Indian jungles and farm lands...Deadly encounters with man-eaters will jerk your emotions.....U will respect nature to its core...
Riti Ka
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
people should read this f they are actually intersted to know about tigers.. n these maneater's story in unbeliveable..
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jim Corbett made his name as a hunter of man-eaters. In that day and age, the Government in India would ask for his services to rid an area of a man-eater, be it a leopard or a tiger, so as to protect the human lives there. It was indeed a different day and age. In today's times, tigers are protected and safeguarded like valuable currency by the Government considering the drastic fall in their numbers that had been seen due to poaching. What was termed as 'Project Tiger' proved a big blessing fo ...more
Roshan Singh
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Jim Corbett Omnibus is a collection of three of his books. The collection gives us a first person account of his hunts which were carried out in the jungles of the foothills of Himalaya in the early 20th century. Corbett's writing is marvellous. When he narrates, he takes the reader with him, never missing on the small details and descriptions which make the jungle come alive. The thrill of hunting a man-eater gives the reader goosebumps while he flips pages and is kept on the edge. Corbett' ...more
Swati Agrawal
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Omnibus of my favorite author's work of my favorite genre! So, obviously, LOVED IT!!

Wildlife and hunting were probably the first genres that I started with as a kid (maybe 13-14 years old) because they were the ones available at home. I will highly recommend it to anyone who is even a little interested in these genres.

Of the three books in this omnibus, I found "The Man-eater of Rudraprayag" most thrilling. However, I am unable to add any more words to my review.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Those were quite a few man-eaters! Though the tales are real incidents, most of them read like fiction. Mr. Corbett seems to be just as good a story-teller as he is a Shikari. This is like chicken soup - only, for the adventurous soul.
Roland Jakobsson
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
This is one of my favourite books of all time. It describes Jim Corbett's many trials when hunting man-eating tigers and leopards in Northern India in the early 1900s. His relationship with nature is so loving and so pure, and it is very fascinating to read about how a long life lived in the jungles can basically make someone become one with it, being able to interpret almost every little sign and detail. This intimate knowledge helps him immensely in his quest to rid the mountain villages of th ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a compilation of three of Corbett's books: Man-Eaters of Kumaon, The Temple Tiger and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon, and The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag. The first two books each contain 5+ shorter stories of Corbett's more noteworthy hunts in northern India. Corbett's writing is highly descriptive, of natural surroundings in the Himalaya foothills, of hunt details and tracking, and of human and animal character. Sure beats "Walden" for a pro-conservation read.
Rishiraj Ruhal
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the most adventurous books I've read so far. Jim Corbett was a Shikari who hunted man-eaters of Kumaon. The tales are so beautifully told that you feel are always with him when he's on the hunt, sometimes he himself. His style of portraying complex jungle and it's lore is simplistic yet most powerful. His encounters with Tigers and Leopards makes for most chilling scenes you can imagine, always gave me goosebumps whenever he sensed that danger is near. He had an eye for nature - numerous ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book tops the list of must read books, especially if you are a lover of wilderness. Jim Corbett, employs his extraordinary storytelling skills to paint a vivid picture of the landscape of Kumaon region and his experiences with the many many eaters there.

Sir Corbett is totally deserving of an applause extraordinary skills he posses with regards to the jungle folks but his attempts at glorifying himself and his shikar skills is quite evident at many places and may be an off set.
Keith Wijesuriya
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful glimpse into a life lived well a long time ago. Lived well in the sense of experience, rather than from the point of view of life's luxuries.

Jim has the ability to take you along with him. Breath bated. Wonderfully alive to the sounds, smells and sights of the jungles of his beloved India.
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Should read this book definitely. A man should have iron balls and that much skill (in those days) to hunt down a tigress who killed more than 400 people,a leopard who killed more than 120 people ..! and many more of such dangerous man-eaters..!
The narrative is such an immersive experience in a way that the reader will feel Kumaon and its tryst with man-eaters unfolding before own eyes..!
Katie Philo
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A stunning tribute to a bygone era, Jim Corbett's tales of man-eating leopards and tigers in the Himalayan foothills are both compelling and terrifying in equal measure. The way he describes nature's beauty and the animals he pursues is simply majestic. This man is a natural storyteller, which is lucky because his stories are second to none.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature
A great account of Indian Natural History
Dileep P
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the best book ever read. It is not just a book of the adventures of Corbett but a great narrative too. And also it mark the political and cultural status of Northern India at that time
Dinesh V
Jan 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
re-read this classic.
Joshada  Nondan Chanda
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: most-favourite
great book...
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
This book was recommended by a dear, late friend. Roger was a wonderful man, and someone who frequented the restaurant where I used to work. He was a reader if there ever was one, and he would come in on slow nights when he knew that I could sit for a few minutes and talk with him. We would discuss everything from Auburn football, to politics, to our faith, to his diet (which wasn’t going so well), to fine art, to classic films, to his daughter and grandkids. I think about him often and miss him ...more
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The jungles of India have never seemed beautiful,yet terrifying.A compilation of some of Corbett's greatest adventures,this one does justice to the rough unexplored terrains of the Kumaon as well as enables the reader to get a taste of the intricacies,trials and tribulations faced by the greatest sportsman that ever lived in the country.

Recommended for the patient reader
Ashwin Nambudiripad
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jim Corbett excellently describes life in the foothills of the Himalayas in old India. His stories of hunting paint a picture of the culture and wildlife in the region. I am very happy that I read the book. The amount of stories in the book is immense. Some parts are a little gruesome but I still loved it.
Charu Thapliyal
Mar 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
I did not have as big a problem with the stories in this book as i did with the writing style. It seemed pretentious and i failed to connect with the author. The stories in themselves aren't half bad.
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 04-owned-books
Absolutely Awesome book. Very good writer!
Nagaraj N
"Man eating leopard of Rudraprayag" was the most interesting of the three books that formed this omni-bus.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bought in Nainital after a leopard sighting in bitter, rainy, yet crystal-cold weather. Can't top the experience.
Harpreet Singh
one gets to know the jungles and beasts of north indian state of united province in british era
Manish Katyal
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I savored this book. Incredible man and story teller.
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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