I received the book The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag by Jim Corbett as a review copy from the publisher and would like to thank Rizwan Khan of Rupa Publications for the same.
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 area, 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.
What is with Jim Corbett’s books, they take the reader to the jungles with the author and the reader is gets involved in the story and the environs. This book is no different. This book has only one story, the detailed story of the Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag. The story spans eight long years (9th June 1918 to 14th April 1926) and 125 recorded deaths.
The author mentions that this leopard first appeared as a man-eater in 1918 when the flu pandemic hit and corpses were rolled into a stream or a valley. It must be then that the leopard developed a taste for human flesh from the bodies. He talks about the terror endured by the people of the area and how the area would become deserted at sundown. Funnily, no body had seen the leopard possibly, because the leopards hunt at night. And the only evidence they had was the pug-marks left behind. Superstition that said that the leopard was a devil incarnate that had been sent to punish them.
Like every other book he has written, the author has described the nature and his surroundings. The language is simple and the book is a quick read with short chapters. What kept me going was that the author would definitely kill/capture the leopard.
Unputdownable book, which can be read by people of all ages (with a strong heart).
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.