Review of The man-eating leopard of Rudraprayag

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Name         –   The Man-eating leopard of Rudraprayag

Author                  – Jim Corbett
Publisher              – Rupa Publications
Number of Pages – 184
Publishing Year   – 2016
Edition                  -Paperback
                    – 140
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Rating : 5.0


An exciting narrative of a leopard that spread terror through five hundred square miles of the hills of the United Provinces, The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag also takes a detailed look at life in the Garhwal region of India. Apart from Corbett’s hair-raising pursuit of the leopard for almost a year, the book talks about the superstitions prevalent in the region, the beauty of the landscape, what turns a leopard into a man-eater and many other, often surprising facts and anecdotes, all told in Corbett’s inimitable style.
A worthwhile read for all ages, The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag is also an ode to the people who inhabit the hills and the resilience with which they face the hardships that assail them.

My Review

The Man-eating leopard of Rudraprayag cannot be reviewed as any other book. It is already proved that the book is a treasure for all book lovers. Nevertheless, as a blogger I ought to provide my opinions about the book. What surprised me the most was the humility of the author. His magnanimity in providing equal credit to Ibbotson and other supporters in attaining a seemingly impossible task swept my mind.

More than an account of leopard hunt, the book provides us the priceless lesson of life about not giving up even after repeated failures. Jim corbett is an excellent writer. Chapter after chapter, readers will be hooked to the book. Author maintained the suspense throughout the book even though the climax was known to everyone.

We get to have a sneak peek into the lives of people of Rudraprayag. The anecdote of something that happened in 1926 still entices the readers due to the literary brilliance of the author. It need not be asserted that Jim Corbett is a legend, not only of the woods but also of literature.

Reviewed for the publisher
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a
complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write
a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author

Edward James ‘Jim’ Corbett (25 July 1875 –19 April 1955) was an Anglo-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist, famous for hunting a large number of man-eating tigers and leopards in India. He played a key role in creating a national reserve for the endangered Bengal tiger in what is now Uttarakhand. In 1957 the national park was renamed Jim Corbett National Park in his honour.

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