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The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,406 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Most of Jim Corbett's books contain collections of stories that recount adventures tracking and shooting man-eaters in the Indian Himalaya. This volume, however, consists of a single story, often considered the most exciting of all Corbett's jungle tales. He gives a carefully-detailed account of a notorious leopard that terrorized life in the hills of the colonial United P ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published March 17th 1989 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1947)
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Apratim Mukherjee
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book set in Garhwal in 1920s.Yhe book comes from an age where hunters were sportsmen and animals were trophies.Jim Corbett provides minutest details about his adventure here which also tells about Garhwal of 1920's and this narration often makes adventurers of today seem small.Further his deep sympathy for victims and acceptance of his failures is heart warming.The reason I rate this as a five star book is due to the fact that this is a perfect hunter's adventure which is a goodread ev ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: outdoors
The copy of this book I have is copyrighted 1948. The events in the book took place from 1918 to 1926...eight years. Jim Corbett is well known to most "outdoors types" and wrote a good number of books. His style is mostly a straight forward one in that he tells events as they happened laying them out factually. He doesn't embellish the facts for effect or seek to make them more horrific or more "dangerous seeming". He doesn't have to.

As he opens the book Mr. Corbett mention that the official rep
Бранимир Събев
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Една чудесна книга, която обаче досега бях чел само в съкратен вариант, и то като дете. Най-накрая ми попадна пълния такъв и реших да допълня празнините. Не си падам по лова, но ловните разкази и романи определено са ми интересни, въпреки че не се намират често. Други ревюта на книгата можете да прочетете при Цонко и Петьо.

Както можете да се досетите, всичко случило се в книгата са действителни събития, реално случили се и описани от Джим Корбет - английски ловец, природозащитник, натуралист и п
Ridhika Khanna
What a gripping tale of true adventure.
This book was a page turner and I was literally biting my nails on the edge of the seat while I read it.
It has been written in a very simple and structured way. The natural flow of the story, the incidents of the man eater and the methods used to gun him down was excellent. Corbett has a way of narrating a tale.
In this story, his task was to kill one man eater who had created a havoc in many villages of Uttrakhand. But it was no ordinary animal. With a s
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
কী দুরদানত!! শিকার নিয়ে লেখা আমার পড়া পরথম বই। পুরো অমনিবাস শেষ করে একটা রিভিউ লেখার ইচছা আছে, তাই আপাতত পাঁচটি তারা দিয়ে রাখলাম শুধু। ...more
Saurabh Kumar
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Nature Lovers
In The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag Jim Corbett is faced with one of his toughest opponents. The beast struck terror into the hearts of the inhabitants of the town for eight long years. He always managed to outsmart the hunter with his veritable cunning, which is a staple quality of beasts that obtain a taste for human flesh. As in all of Corbett's works, in this work too his love for the jungles and it's occupants is profound as is his love for the common populace of the region. The leopar ...more
Tarun Bahuguna
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is my first book from Corbett and I would surely seek an opportunity to read the rest. The reason why I bought this book was Garhwal, where the story happened. My ancestors belonged to the place and my father grew up there.

I was amazed by the simplicity of the people. The natives had more than one opportunity to track or kill the leopard but they let him go because of their belief or superstition (howsoever you put it). Even Corbett mentioned that he knew men from this place to be bravest
Neeraj Udhwani
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Absolutely fascinating. Not only does corbett describe in absolute detail, the many nights he spent hunting the evasive leopard, but he also gives you a vivid description of life in the Tehri/Kumaon region in early nineteenth century. The book also taught me a great deal about wild life, why leopards or tigers become man eaters, how to track wild animals… Jim corbett makes you fall in love with nature.
Dec 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: indian-author
The book was an amazing read! Primarily describing Corbett's personal experiences when he had been summoned to kill a leopard terrorizing the village folk of the Gharwals, India, it proved to be quite intriguing and informative!

A must read for those who love to feel a rush of their adrenaline!
Sudhir Bharadhwaj
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. a must read for all Jim Corbett fans. I have now read it twice but every time you read , you can experience the terror that was this man-eater of rudraprayag. One will be spell bound and hooked to the book right from page 1 when Jim Corbett describes the prevailing feeling in Rudraprayag when this man eater was alive.
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indian-fiction
Loved it. It was a short and sweet read. Engrossing till the end.
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: india
My review from
My brother had borrowed this book from the local British Library, and I started reading it casually, without any real interest in reading it fully. As I write this now after just having put the book down, I can assert that this is one heck of a story, narrated in a manner that is hugely engaging -- This is simply among the best books to be found anywhere.
The book was first published in 1947, and you'd expect it to be a little "dated" in its content and style, but nothin
Harshad Lamrood
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After reading "The Jungle lore" and "the man eaters of kumaon" here's another read " The man eating Leopard of Rudraprayag " by Jim Corbett that I completed reading today.
A man eater Leopard that struck terror and fear in the minds of inhabitants from Rudraprayag a pilgrimage destination in the Garwhal region of Uttarakhand for long 8 years from 1918-1926, and killed more than 128 people ( as per government count, Corbett's assumed number is good as double)
The Leopard that struck a terror so
Jaya Kumar K
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic description by Jim Corbett on his hide-and-seek game with the leopard of Rudraprayag who had turned to man-eating because of a calamity. The years of the existence of the leopard, and a vast area in which it operated including two sides of a mighty river connected by just two bridges, made it a very clever operator. The failed attempts to kill the animal made it more aware of the human strengths and weaknesses, adding to its cunningness. Moreover the chosen area is the main access ro ...more
Balaji Sundarrajan
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
what a story. this is a real tale of a man eating leopard which claimed more than 250 lives in the rudraprayag region. the animal was finally shot by jim corbett the renowned hunter turned conservationist. the narration is so gripping that the book can only be described as 'unputdownable'. much more thrilling than any thriller i hv read till date. also learnt a lot about feline behaviour
Priyanka Korde
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rudraprayag seems so surreal at times that it is enchanting! He was Corbett's fascination and love, just the way this book is, of the avid readers! Love the book and Rudraprayag's exciting and beautifully engaging book that makes you look within and outside and appreciate the beauty of nature!
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the 1st book i have read of Jim Corbett and he was a great writer indeed. The detail and depictions made are as accurate as it can be. A book you will have difficulty putting down :) You will love this book as an Indian telling the story of maneater of not so distant past.
Mar 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Yup, still 5 stars!

Aju Krishnan
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Karanvir Singh
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such an exceptional zeal and vigour of Jim Corbett and the same being reflected upon this book in a simple language, made it one of a kind book. Lucid and clear writing gave the insight of what the writer actually was thinking in a particular moment while sighting his target. His nemesis, the man eating leopard, heightens the curiosity and you would like to read it on and on. The quality that makes the book remarkable is that it doesn't use any flowery and redundant language. It inspires each pe ...more
Karan Dureja
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The description of living in constant fear, the feeling of always having to look over your shoulder. A self imposed curfew by the residents of Rudraprayag at the time driven by mortal fear. All these are written about in this book in a detached yet engaging narrative. This book is captivating, a real page turner, with all the real life incidents and especially with Jim Corbett at the helm. He is objective in describing what transpired and doesnt shy away from owning up if he made a mistake while ...more
Subhankar Das
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My all time favorite book! Have read is several times over since childhood and it does not cease to intrigue and amaze me. Re-read it recently - magical as ever.

Jim Corbett's writing style is simple yet effective. The mental strength of the man that tracked and finally got the Man-eating leopard of Rudraprayag, which over its 8 years of terror-reign had "officially" killed 150+ human beings, is something that I marvel at.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting book. There were a couple of detours (e.g., the chapter on fishing and the chapter about a boar hunt) that were annoying because they had nothing to do with the main story, but the book was overall a good read. My only suggestion to Oxford University Press would be to get a better editor and FIX the multiple typos and spelling errors, which were a bit of a distraction.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
It is a one breath story, an exciting read from start to finish. Every page turning to reveal that it is not just yet the time for D-Day. A thrilling read...the one that will long remain in one's mind ...for the words testify the struggle the hunter had to bear to make the only kill and the survival the man-eater had to make with every human kill.
Anju Rani
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
enjoyed reading it up in ranikhet. went well with the daily gossip about leopard sightings and villagers' anecdotes of leopards snatching up their goats and dogs. by the end of it, i was looking over my shoulders and imagining a pair of leopard eyes watching me somewhere behind the tall trees and dense vegetation.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If one loves wildlife, they cannot miss the books of Jim Corbett. I most certainly want to see a leopord, the most shy animal, once in my life, after reading this book. It's a small book and a fantastic read.
Madhusudan Soni
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For everyone

Not just a spellbinding tale of disappointments, depression, failures and then triumphant end of man eating leopard hunt; Also a true to the core description of people, culture and natural beauty of Indian province long before the touch of modern era.
Mrityunjoy Suvra
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best book of jim corbett.
Madhura Nadkarni
A true page turner!

The unique writing style and the sheer thril of the events unfolding dotted with the accurate observations of a skilled hunter. A must read!
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent adventure book! I was feeling more excited because the whole story was based on true incidents.
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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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