On March 1, 1999, American safari guide Mark Ross was camping with four clients in Uganda searching for endangered mountain gorillas By day s end, two of these clients and six other tourists were dead at the hands of Rwandan rebels As a man who loves East Africa, Ross felt betrayed by this horror, which made headlines around the world He writes, The continent has always been the love of my life Now there is trouble between us Dangerous Beauty is the story of that love and trouble Ross writes here about his close up encounters with danger and natural beauty in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Uganda He describes his walks in the bush and the way he teaches his clients to read unearthly silences and stillnesses in the wind that signify trouble He writes about deadly charges by elephants and the electric excitement of witnessing the mass migrations of wildebeest and zebras He writes, too, in detail about the terrible events of 1999 Imbued with Ross s passion for East Africa, this is an unforgettable account of a life of remarkable adventures, and a memorable vision of a beautiful, deadly, and fragile world....
|Title||:||Dangerous Beauty - Life and Death in Africa: Life and Death In Africa: True Stories From a Safari Guide|
|Publisher||:||Miramax First Edition stated , First Printing edition March 12, 2003|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
|File Size||:||794 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Dangerous Beauty - Life and Death in Africa: Life and Death In Africa: True Stories From a Safari Guide Reviews
Most of this book is about true encounters with amazing animals in East Africa. The stories took me back to my own safari experiences in another part of Africa. If you've never been on safari and are thinking about going, this book will give you a good idea of what to expect. As implied in the title, beauty is also sometimes dangerous. The last part of the book is about an awful incident in which he and two of his clients were taken hostage by rebels who crossed the border from a nearby country. The area they were in should have been safe. Mark did all he could to take care of his clients, but in such a chaotic situation, no one can control what happens. Sadly, the couple who had been on safari with him several times was killed. It may have only been chance that he survived himself. I admire how he has honestly shared his feelings of loss and helplessness and also how he is trying to reconcile his love of Africa with what happened. Reading this book scared me but it also made me want to return to Africa to see more of this amazing continent.
Probably a 4.5 for it is a great book and the author can surely write. He tells the story of a safari guide and does the job with plenty of style and charisma. His world is unlike most other ones for the qualifications of the job is to know the land and the creatures that abound in that land. Life and death is a daily struggle and the author is in tune with the land and seems to love every minute of it. Tragedy strike in the form of the social unrest taking place in those far regions of the world and one can not help but to feel deep sympathy for the author. This guy is the real deal and I am willing to bet among the very few that can truly say they did all these things. This is not particularly about hunting but it certainly is a tale about the immense wild expanses and wild life that exists in our world. His knowledge of the animals, of the terrain, of the weather, all these bits and pieces make for a great tale, highly enjoyable and not a negative thing to say about it. Not a perfect 5 Stars but very darn close. Takes a certain kind of individual to perform this job and the author exceeds the requirements: from a charge of a crazed elephant, to the exotic rhinos, to the prides, the huge masses of livestock and the description of each day, it is truly a great book specially for those that never been any other place than in front of their television sets watching animal planet.
I picked up Dangerous Beauty as an antidote to my post-safari blues upon returning home from my first trip to East Africa. By chapter one, I was so impressed by Mr. Ross' approach to safari and his passion for wildlife, especially the predators, that I just knew I had to weasel my way onto one of his future safaris, which I was lucky enough to do in the Summer of 2004.
I found the book thrilling and chilling. The author provides clear and engaging description of the beauty of diverse and numerous beasts found in the game parks of East Africa. The thrill and chill of observing millions of migrating wildebeests and associated species of antelopes on plains of Masai Mara and Serengeti, and their predation by lions, crocodiles, hyenas, cheetahs, and leopards provide captivating reading. Several times, the author and accompanying tourists had frightening and memorable narrow escapes from charging elephants, rhinoceroses, and buffalos.