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This is a good time of year to mention Mr. Hunter’s autobiography, one heck of a good read. I first went through it in the Fifties. The content would not go away, and I read it again about five years ago.
John A. Hunter was born a son of privilege in the British Isles. As a teen-ager, he poached game on his father’s lands to feed hungry tenants. As an alternative to prison, he was packed off to Kenya, becoming a professional big game hunter when the continent was still undeveloped.
Hunter mentions the lions who became known as the Ghost and the Darkness, about whom a movie was made not long ago. Each chapter in his book centers on one particular hunt, and the volume is as influential as any I have encountered. David Quammen’s Monster of God is a worthy sequel.