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Warrior: The Legend of Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen
Warrior: The Legend of Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen
von Fiona Capstick
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A sad effort, 19. Juni 2000
I've just finished reading "Warrior,'" and to say it was a struggle is an understatement. The dustjacket carries a quote from Field & Stream which places the late Peter Capstick beside Hemingway and Ruark in the pantheon of great African adventure writers. Whatever the merits of Capstick's earlier work, within the first few pages of "Warrior'" it becomes clear that the jacket of this badly edited, atrociously written book was the last place such a tribute should have appeared. Were Ernest Hemingway not already dead by his own hand, the implied favorable comparison of this book to his body of work might well have sent him screaming to the gun cabinet.
Whether germaine to the matter at hand or not, Capstick (or his posthumous editor) has scattered digressions, disconcerting nonsequitors and several shameless references to his earlier books throughout. The result? A messy, hard to read melange, filled with asides that lurch from past to present and back again. These asides serve no purpose beyond relating the author's opinions about virtually everything except what I bought the book for.
Somewhere beneath all this debris lies Col. Richard Meinertzhagen. Unfortunately, this treatment of his life was so offputting that I was left to wonder whether disinterring the little there was to find of the colonel was worth the effort -- let alone the price. In truth, "Warrior'" is a mere sketch of Meinertzhagen's life. In no way can its sparse, albeit at times gory, details be mistaken for a serious biography.
That Capstick vastly admired Meinertzhagen is clear. Perhaps the most charitable view of this sorry enterprise is that had its author lived to work on it further, this might have been a different and better book. The real shame is that "Warrior'" as it stands was the best that Capstick's publisher could manage on his behalf.


White Hunters: The Golden Age of African Safaris
White Hunters: The Golden Age of African Safaris
von Brian Herne
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5.0 von 5 Sternen White Hunters, 1. März 2000
This book will add to an understanding of the now vanished world of colonial East Africa. For those who are viscerally anti-hunting, this will be a book that will probably not be considered, and that is a pity, because it is about more than hunting -- though there's plenty enough to satisfy fans of Capstick, Hunter, et al. Mr. Herne's homage to a special breed of men (and women), white and black, is well written and ideal for leisurely reading and rereading. It is brimming with anecdotes both amusing and hair-raising. I've given my copy away and am now ordering another. White Hunters is a worthwhile addition to the library of the sportsman or the person interested in colonial Africa, from the late 19th century to independence. Whether relating stories of such early white hunter legends as Selous, Cunninghame and Black, or the role played by white hunters in the oft-mismatched British campaigns against German-led guerilla operations in WWI, or the horrors faced by white settlers during the Mau Mau troubles of the '50s, these tales never bog down. One of my favorite hunters, by the way, was "Shagbag" Collins. On a parallel note, I would recommend, The Life of My Choice by Sir Wilfred Thesiger and Home from the Hill by Hilary Hook, though I'm not sure of the current availability of either of these books.


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