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Book Title: Horn of the Hunter: The Story of an African Safari|
The author of the book: Robert Ruark
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9781571572639
The size of the: 25.87 MB
Edition: Safari Press
Date of issue: August 26th 2002
Read full description of the books Horn of the Hunter: The Story of an African Safari:This book will be loved by some and hated by others. It follows Ruark (SOMETHING OF VALUE)and his wife on a safari (both gun and camera, though the cameras were lost during the safari) in Africa during the 1950s. I read this book years ago and still keep it on my shelves.
Ruark has written other good outdoor volumes as well as the classic I mentioned above. If you enjoy outdoor sports this may be a book you'll love.
This book touched me in a way that it's hard to explain if you don't feel it yourself. There's an understanding here that hunting is more than killing. Those who disapprove of hunting on spec (as they munch a hamburger, wearing their leather belt and shoes etc.) will not get what I say and may sneer at it. But it's something that the people I'm talking to will understand. This is a special book to me.
Read information about the authorRobert Ruark was an author and syndicated columnist.
Born Robert Chester Ruark, Jr., to Charlotte A. Ruark and Robert C. Ruark, a bookkeeper for a wholesale grocery, young Ruark attended local schools and graduated from New Hanover High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. He graduated from high school at age 12 and entered the University of North Carolina at age 15. The Ruark family was deeply affected by the Depression, but despite his families' financial travails, he earned a journalism degree from the University of North 'Carolina at Chapel Hill.
During World War II Ruark was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy. Ruark served ten months as a gunnery officer on Atlantic and Mediterranean convoys.After the war Ruark joined the Scripps-Howard Newspaper Alliance. As the New York Times said, Ruark was "sometimes glad, sometimes sad, and often mad--but almost always provocative." Some of his columns were eventually collected into two books, I Didn't Know It Was Loaded (1948) and One for the Road (1949).As he grew in notoriety, Ruark began to write fiction; first for literary magazines, and then his first novel, Grenadine Etching in 1947.
After he began to gain success as a writer, Ruark decided that it was time to fulfill a lifelong dream to go on safari to Africa. Ruark took an entire year off and began a love affair with Africa.As a result of his first safari, Ruark wrote Horn of the Hunter, in which he detailed his hunt.
In 1953, Ruark began writing a column for Field & Stream magazine entitled ''The Old Man and the Boy''. Considered largely autobiographical (although technically fiction), this heartwarming series ran until late 1961.
Ruark's first bestselling novel was published in 1955. It was entitled Something of Value and was about the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya.
Sometimes belittled as “the poor man’s Hemingway,” Ruark has nevertheless retained a loyal following among fans of nature writing. Bland Simpson wrote that he produced “some of the best ‘portraiture in words’ of hunting, fishing and life in the field that we have.”
Ruark died in London on July 1, 1965 most likely as a result of alcoholism.
Robert Ruark is buried in Palamos, Spain.
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