I received the book The Temple Tiger and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett as a review copy from the publisher, Rupa Publications and would like to thank Rizwan of Rupa Publications for the same.
In continuation of the narratives in The Man-eaters of Kumaon, The Temple Tiger and More Man-eaters of Kumaon further details Jim Corbett’s hunting exploits, as he is called upon to take down tigers, leopards and bears in regions such as Dabidhura, Muktesar, Panar and Tanekpur. Apart from the hunts, the accounts vividly describe the flora, fauna, people and local legends of the areas Corbett went to, and his experiences in them, ranging from hair-raising to rib-tickling.
Simply told and capturing the essence of the Himalayan ranges, The Temple Tiger and More Man-eaters of Kumaon makes for a compelling read.
This is the last book by Jim Corbett on his hunting experiences in India. This book is a continuation of his previous book, ‘Man-Eaters of Kumaon’. As with his previous book, he has made the hunting episodes look quite interesting using simple language to describe them in detail. The best story is the last one, The Talla Des Man-Eater, which is long and it took me two days to complete.
His descriptions of the flora and fauna reflect his knowledge about them and his experiences. He has mentioned the various difficulties that he had to undergo during his hunting expeditions. The author has given detailed descriptions of the jungle and ravines that he went to. In each story he has made an effort to describe what lead him to the scene to shoot the tiger and also how he eventually did it.
I loved the book immensely and enjoyed reading every word of it. There were parts in the book that kept my hair on end.
A highly recommended book for all ages with a word of caution, some descriptions are not for the weak hearted.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.