If you’ve never heard of this gem, you are not alone. Originally published in 1944, this is a collection of true hunting stories by Jim Corbett based on his travels across India. Hired to track and kill “man-eaters” (lions, leopards, panthers, and tigers who preyed on humans), Mr. Corbett wrote about his adventures and close encounters decades later.
I originally read this book when I was in high school. I borrowed the old, worn out copy from my grandfather’s library. When I brought it home, my dad told me that he, too, had read it when he was in high school. He thought I’d be bored with it soon, but I could not put it down! I was fascinated by the exotic locations, names, as well as all the close-calls Mr. Corbett had with vicious man-eaters.
Last semester, as I was looking for a book to read with my English class to finish off the weeks before Christmas break, I remembered this book. I was a little apprehensive since some of the language used is quite archaic and many of the places and peoples mentioned are completely foreign to my students. But I was pleasantly surprised! They loved the book! They became even more interested when I told them about a movie about man-eating lions (though not based on this book) called “The Ghost and the Darkness” (which we watched as part of our Christmas party).