The Temple Tiger and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon

The Temple Tiger and More Man Eaters of Kumaon The last of Colonel Jim Corbett s books on his unique and enthralling hunting experiences in India this volume concludes the narrative of his adventures with tigers begun in the famous Man Eaters of

  • Title: The Temple Tiger and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon
  • Author: Jim Corbett
  • ISBN: 9780195622577
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Paperback
  • The last of Colonel Jim Corbett s books on his unique and enthralling hunting experiences in India, this volume concludes the narrative of his adventures with tigers begun in the famous Man Eaters of Kumaon These stories maintain, perhaps even supercede, the high standard of the earlier classic collection Corbett saves his best story of all for the long concluding chapteThe last of Colonel Jim Corbett s books on his unique and enthralling hunting experiences in India, this volume concludes the narrative of his adventures with tigers begun in the famous Man Eaters of Kumaon These stories maintain, perhaps even supercede, the high standard of the earlier classic collection Corbett saves his best story of all for the long concluding chapter in this volume, describing, in The Talla Des Man Eater, how he embarked on what he feared might be a fatal last test of skill and endurance As always, he writes with an acute awareness of all jungle sights and sounds, choosing words charged with a great love of humanity, birds, and animals His calm and straightforward modesty heightens the excitement and suspense of these experiences, in which he continuously risks his life to free the Indian tarai of dangerous man eaters.

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    About “Jim Corbett”

    1. Jim Corbett

      Edward James Jim Corbett was a British hunter, turned conservationist, author and naturalist, famous for hunting a large number of man eaters in India.Corbett held the rank of colonel in the British Indian Army and was frequently called upon by the government of the United Provinces, now the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, to kill man eating tigers and leopards that were harassing people in the nearby villages of the Garhwal and Kumaon region His hunting successes earned him a long held respect and fame amongst the people residing in the villages of Kumaon Some even claim that he was considered to be a sadhu saint by the locals.Corbett was an avid photographer and after his retirement, authored the Man Eaters of Kumaon, Jungle Lore, and other books recounting his hunts and experiences, which enjoyed much critical acclaim and commercial success Later on in life, Corbett spoke out for the need to protect India s wildlife from extermination and played a key role in creating a national reserve for the endangered Bengal tiger by using his influence to persuade the provincial government to establish it The national park was renamed Jim Corbett National Park in his honour in 1957 after his death in 1955.

    299 thoughts on “The Temple Tiger and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon”

    1. I bought this book mostly because I had a vague sort of interest, it was cheap, and I needed a few dollars more to make the $35 for free shipping on . Not a very propitious beginning.Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! This book was very, very entertaining!Corbett, unlike what you'd expect from a big-game hunter (even one known for his conservation efforts), doesn't write out gruesome details, just facts, and he approaches his subject with both compassion and a matter-of-fact attitude that makes wh [...]


    2. More than just a thrilling book, this is a surprisingly humane and sensitive selection of stories for which it would be hard to find an equivalent. Corbett could understand the animal "languages" of the Indian forest and used this to help himself hunt down and kill the world's worst man-eating tigers, alone! Somehow he succeeds, and goes on to become a pioneer of conservation, with a Tiger Reserve named after him. Aready a classic.


    3. The last of Jim Corbett, "The Temple Tiger and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon" accounts some of his unique experiences in Himalayas. The books brings out the hunter-cum-conservationist's acute understanding of the intricacies of jungles and that of the tigers. Every ordeal, day and detail expressed vividly by Corbett is worth a bible for those who would venture into the dense jungles of India. While detailing his encounters with the wild cats, Jim Corbett always laces his words with his love for the [...]


    4. The last of Jim Corbett’s books about the man-eaters of Kumaon, The Temple Tiger and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon is about four tigers (three of them man-eaters and one which had acquired too strong a liking for cattle) and one man-eating leopard that Corbett was called upon to trail and kill in Kumaon. These five stories spread over about thirty years, some dating from the early 1900s, to some from the late 1930s. Corbett describes, as is his usual style, not just the facts—where the tigers ro [...]


    5. When a tiger turned man-eater in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in the early 20th century, the people who lived in the villages waited in stoic silence for the government to send someone to rid them of the scourge. In the five stories presented in The Temple Tiger, that man was Jim Corbett, British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist. Corbett’s love of the region and the people who lived there, and his deep respect for all living things, is on disp [...]


    6. A gem in jungle literature.A thoroughly nice read. I have read this book for the second time and enjoyed even more than my first read. This book I feel it's one of the best in jungle literature. A gem in the same. The book although deals with encounters and taking down of man wearing Tigers and leopards, this seems to be of secondary. Primary are the beauty of Indian jungle, the jungle folk and their lives. Best of the lot are the two, "Temple Tiger" this is the story of an encounter with a Tige [...]




    7. Before writing this review, I have been mulling over the options of whether I should review the books separately or together. Finally I decided to club the review instead of repeating the praises. Else, I would end up providing spoilers.The blurb is the perfect review of the book. It describes the book in and out that it leaves practically nothing for the reviewers to write about. Jim Corbett as known to everyone is a hunter but he proved himself to be a talented writer. Little bit of add ons in [...]


    8. This is the second book covered in Omnibus edition. This is the last book written by Corbett and so book was sort of nostalgic experience documentation of his memorable encounters I believe. The pace was very long in this one and less stories.The title story was delightful read. It's about the game tiger which he did not want to kill but was insisted by a villager which had attacked and killed his cattle. He had spent lot of days on its trail and it got lucky each time and finally even he could [...]


    9. Not so long ago, in a land not so far away, where conservation of natural life was a statement unheard by many, a lone hunter will rid many a poor villages of man-eating Tigers.To be fair though, Jim Corbett did eventually realize that killing tigers was a horrible way to go about living. Thus today we have the Jim Corbet tiger reserve in Uttarakhand, India. Better late than never.Now the book.The book is more of a journal, a hunting log of sorts. The writing style is quite archaic, because it's [...]


    10. I am a huge fan of Jim Corbett as a wildlife-lover convert and a writer both! As a kid, I grew up to listening to the thrilling bed-time adventure stories of Jim Corbett and his experiences from my Dad who is also a huge fan. The books are not just an example of intellect and skillful approach to trap the man-eaters in India but a deep insight into how we, humans encroach into the space of wildlife and disturb their space and life. The detailing, Corbett's love for wildlife, India and everything [...]


    11. An account of Corbett's experiences hunting tigers and in one instance a leopard. The man personifies the typical pulp hero – utterly without fear, nonchalantly heroic and replete with amusing foibles, like absolutely craving a smoke and a nice hot cuppa tea even while waiting on a tree branch with rifle in hand in the dead of night for the man-eating tiger to come that way. If these stories hadn't been true, they wouldn't be worth reading, but as it is, I was impressed, to say the least.


    12. I bought this book while travelling in India and Pakistan and read it resting on a charpoy with a fan turning overhead. It still brings back India to me now. There will never be another Jim Corbett and, despite his tendancy to make a great story even better, he should always be remembered for this book as well as the Corbett National Park.


    13. Last of Jim Corbett, The Temple Tiger and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon, is one of his best and the last chapter in the volume in which he gives an account of the killing of the Talla Des Man Eater is the best one. This book is a must read for anyone interested in shikar stories.


    14. Corbett's writings were the first pieces of literature I ever read in my life. This is an amazing compilation and it is a book that would offer different things to everyone. I highly recommend this book to all nature lovers.


    15. Excellent recollections of incredible tiger and leopard hunts combined with beautiful descriptions of nature and wildlife. I also learned that Corbett became deaf in one ear after a hunting accident.



    16. Jim Corbett is the quintessional English story teller and Shikariwho hunted and lived in India the same time period as my grand father whom my brother said met/knew Jim Corbett.


    17. Vivid descriptions of the encounters with the famous man-eaters in the North India by the Hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett



    18. This is a really riveting book. Jim Corbett recounts several man-eating tigers and leopards that he sorted out in the border area between India and Nepal in the early 20th century.




    19. A hair raising experience with an elusive tiger and many other stories. I just love the confidence Jim renders while he is narrating.




    20. A beautifully written book that provides a glimpse into the world that Jim Corbett loved and that has now vanished.




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