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 Post subject: Wilbur Smith - Assegai
Unread postPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 2:20 pm 
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Although this book does not refer directly to South African game/bush, it is very interesting.

It is set in 1913 in Kenya and the first half of the novel concerns hunting safaris. The brutality it quite stunning - literally killing for killing's sake. How different to today, when most tourists only shoot with their cameras.

Another amazing point is the amount of luggage and supplies the hunters sent out from "home" - in this case Germany and USA. One party took bone china, crystal glass, even chandeliers!! Not to mention the caviar etc. I used to think we travel with a lot of equipment and supplies!!

A very good read and rather thought-provoking.

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 Post subject: Re: Wilbur Smith - Assegai
Unread postPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 5:22 pm 
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A number of Wilbur Smith's books are set in or near national parks, some before, others after proclamation.

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 Post subject: Re: Wilbur Smith - Assegai
Unread postPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 6:09 pm 
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Though fictional. He is still one of my favorite auters.
Have nearly all of his books


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 Post subject: Re: Wilbur Smith - Assegai
Unread postPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 11:42 pm 
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Yep, I'm a fan, particulalry of his earlier books.

One of his earlier books, Eagle in the Sky, was partly set on a private game reserve on the border of Kruger and was quite forward thinking for its time as the character was advocating dropping fences between kruger and the private reserves to encourage animals free movement.

I've got Assegai on my bedside table, pending.

I was lucky enough to meet him, thorugh my publishers. He's a really nice guy.


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 Post subject: Re: Wilbur Smith - Assegai
Unread postPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 10:21 am 
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I've got Assegai on my bedside table, pending.


After all those great reviews and you still have'nt read it!! :wink: :lol:

Eagle in the Sky was the first WS I ever read - I've been hooked since then.

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 Post subject: Re: Wilbur Smith - Assegai
Unread postPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 3:06 pm 
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I know what you mean Timepilot.

The reviews on the blog are what convinced me to read it next!


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