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A radio script adapted from Carl Stephenson's famous short story about a man's fignt against a vast army of ants threatening to destroy the man's jungle plantation. ...more
16 pages
Published (first published December 1938)
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Scott Doherty
“The human brain needs only to become fully aware of its powers to conquer even the elements.”

A short but detailed adventure story by German author Carl Stephenson centring on a gutsy and spirited plantation owner in Brazilian rainforest called Leiningen. Leiningens outright stubborn refusal to abandon his plantation in the face of an apparently unstoppable mass of army ants, described as “Ten miles long, two miles wide” army of ants, which are approaching and devouring everything in their path.
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Gbolahan
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
Read this some 25 years ago. Can't remember where (a collection of short stories or in Reader's Digest or somewhere else) but I remember I loved it as heck!
I remember some parts made me uncomfortable (the main guy was rather proud...?), but I admired his guts to the last. How do you choose to NOT give up in the face of millions of killer ants??
I'll find the story online one of these days and read it again.
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Deb O rah
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
a good man vs creature horror story.
Tannishtha Som
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny!
0neir0s
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-fiction
It certainly gets on your nerves ..
Anne Hendricks
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well written and as good as the movie with Charlton Heston!
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Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: zophael
A short but detailed adventure story by German author Carl Stephenson centring on a gutsy and spirited plantation owner in Brazilian rainforest called Leiningen. Leiningens outright stubborn refusal to abandon his plantation in the face of an apparently unstoppable mass of army ants, described as "Ten miles long, two miles wide” army of ants, which are approaching and devouring everything in their path. 64 Billion ants each one the size of a human thumb with the ability to completely pick the fl ...more
Buchdoktor
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ants-ameisen
Das geklammerte Heft enthält Stephensons Novelle von 1937 vom Kampf eines deutschen Plantagenbesitzers in Brasilien gegen ein unübersehbares Ameisenheer. Farmer Leiningen schlägt den Rat Einheimischer in den Wind, sich und seine Arbeiter vor einer herannahenden Ameiseninvasion in Sicherheit zu bringen. Leiningen ist bereit sein Leben und die Lebensgrundlage der gesamten Pflanzung im Kampf gegen die Ameisenmassen zu opfern.

Der Text wirkt verblüffend zeitlos und gemessen am Erscheinungsjahr für he
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Peter Ash
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a short (18 page) radio script, based on the short story of the same name. Both are available online for free. The review is of the radio script only.

This is a great adventure story, though it indulges in racial and gender stereotypes to an uncomfortable extent. It puts forward the ideal of a heroic individual fighting against evil (the ants) without help from a cowardly, self-interested public. (Think High Noon, Ayn Rand) It was written in 1937 in German and translated by the author in
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Barrett Goldflies
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I remember hearing about this story from someone, and managed to track down a copy as part of an anthology of suspenseful stories. All I have to say after reading it is...why was this never made into a movie?! It has some great action, Leiningen himself is an ingenious and indestructible badass who would sooner destroy an unstoppable horde of meat-eating army ants than loose what was his, and the story itself is filled with suspense and action perfect for the big-screen. Definitely give the stor ...more
Jennifer
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I did like this short story, but this is one of the rare cases where I actually enjoyed the movie more. I really liked the love interest with his mail order bride, which was in the movie, but not the book. It's a good story all the same, though. ...more
Keith
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
"Leiningen Versus the Ants" is a short entertaining story written about 1938. It takes place in the Brazilian rainforest on a coffee plantation as the owner tries to save the plantation from army ants. I read this fun piece in the 1960's.
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KatNic
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
my boyfriend gives it 5 stars & I give it 4. It was pretty good. For me there was too many words I didnt know that made it hard to stay into. At some points it was hard to picture what exactly was going on. I liked it though. The ending was good :)
Amy (Other Amy)
I read the story, not the radio script, of course, in some anthology for high school sophomore English. I haven't ever reread it, but it creeped me right out at the time. Do not mess with the ants, folks. ...more
Noah McClintock
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
It was alright.
bellatuscana bellatuscana
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
Some parts were interesting, others just sucked.
Sadie
Jul 12, 2009 rated it did not like it
This "short story" is so boring , it gives me massive headaches !
But I'm reading it for school in the fall , so i have no choice :-p =[

I'm warning you , don't read it ! ^_^
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Natalie
Because once viewed, the ant scene in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is never forgotten this story becomes required reading for the death by killer ants phobic everywhere!
Shelby W
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's REALLY long, but definitely worth the read. It's not really a short story as my english teacher claims it to be. ...more
Zach Seehase
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
It was kinda of a boring book.I was not really into it.
Kevin
Jul 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: rereads
(First read 2004, reread 2016)
Chris Yu
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is a metaphor in here somewhere. I'm including a link to the story in my review. Originally written for Esquire. ...more
Marcia
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very short story but I really liked it. I was interested in the way it had been changed for the screen.
John
Sep 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Recommended to John by: Daughter
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