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Oxford University Press, USA
|Number of Pages||228 Pages|
Dealing with the real life experiences of the author Jim Corbett, The Man-Eaters Of Kumaon contain stories about these ferocious animals that used to prey on people in Indian villages. One of the best books by the author, it talks about his experience of hunting tigers and leopards that killed men in the Kumaon region of India. Sympathetic to the plight of these animals, the book depicts the author’s desire to save people from being killed by them. The various chapters in the book are clearly demarcated and deal with incidents that occurred in the life of the famous hunter. Some of the chapters included in the book include Champawat Man-eater, the Chowgarh tigers, the Pipal Pani Tigers, the Mohan Man-eater, Fish of My Dreams, the Kanda Man-eater, and Just Tigers. Written with a deep understanding of forests and their sounds, this book also showcases the deep love that the author possessed for mankind that would get caught in the terrain of animals. Written by the author when he was confined to a wheelchair due to tick typhus and malaria, the book was published in 1944 in India. A bestseller since the time it was published, the book brought hope and joy into the lives of many people who were inspired by this hunter who risked his life to save others. The book has also been translated into 14 different Indian languages. The book has been adapted into movies and documentaries as well. By 1980, over four million editions of the book had been sold. About Jim Corbett A well-known hunter, environment conservationist, author and avid photographer, Jim Corbett is known throughout the world for killing man eating leopards and tigers. Jim Corbett has also authored Jungle Stories, My India, Jungle Lore, The Man-Eating Leopard Of Rudraprayag and Tree Tops among other books. A colonel in the British Indian army, Corbett grew up in a large family. His parents shifted to Nainital even before his birth and from his early days, Corbett was attracted to forests and wildlife. He soon became a skilled hunter and worked with the Bihar North Western Railways for 22 years. After 1947, he retired to Kenya and died of a heart attack in 1955 at the age of 79. After his death, the national reserve in Uttarakhand that he helped to set up to preserve the Bengal Tiger was renamed Jim Corbett National Park to honor his memory.