Safari: A Chronicle of Adventure
In fascinating and often amusing detail, Bull depicts both the hardships and the incongruous luxury of the classic safaris of the early 20th century and presents the legend of the great white hunter as seen by H. Rider Haggard, Hemingway, and Hollywood. 275 photos and illustrations, 75 in full color.
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Safari: a chronicle of adventureUser Review - Book Verdict
BullÃ¯Â¿Â½s 1988 volume chronicles the history of the African safari from its 1830s origin, plus the ethics of hunting and modern conservationist concerns. The text profiles the great hunters, most of whom were wealthy British and European colonials for whom Africa was a lawless playground unencumbered by the Victorian bindings of home. Bull also tracks how the safari has been portrayed in literature through the writings of Isak Dinesen, Teddy Roosevelt, and Papa Hemingway, as well as by Hollywood. The role of women in the male-dominated affair also gets ample coverage, with amusing pix of very proper British ladies in long skirts and gloves standing next to hulking beasts theyÃ¯Â¿Â½ve dispatched with rifles the size of a howitzer. Miraculously, a small cadre of holdouts is keeping the safari alive, but with many of the once abundant game animals on endangered species lists, camera have replaced rifles, and with AfricaÃ¯Â¿Â½s unstable political climate, the great hunts are all but history. The text is buttressed by numerous illustrations and photographs.
Review: Safari: A Chronicle of AdventureUser Review - Goodreads
Surprisingly extensive and well documented, with great illustrations, starting in 19C. Not primarily about "adventure," but about the politics of safari involving many luminaries from Teddy Roosevelt through Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen.
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