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The author of the book: Tony Fitzjohn
Edition: Viking
Date of issue: September 1st 2010
ISBN: 0670918911
ISBN 13: 9780670918911
Language: English
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I absolutely loved this book. Which really surprised me, as I'm not that interested in big game or Africa. I used to watch TV programs on the Serengeti, but after a while they seemed rather too much alike, and less than inspiring. The same cannot be said for Tony Fitzjohn's memorable tale.

We meet Tony - page 1, paragraph 1 - being attacked by a lion. In the process of being killed by a lion, actually. And then saved with the help of another. It is a fitting beginning for the story of a man who spends much of his life in wild places, fighting very hard to keep them intact against ruthless predators that make even the most vicious lion look like a housecat. But his story begins in the outskirts of London, and during a bout with typhus he discovers a book that opens the potential of a distant continent: Africa.

It's years before he finds his way there, and years more before he finds his home there, but once he does the effect is profound. "From the moment I arrived I knew that this was it. This was how I wished to live my life." And so he does, despite bad food and constant danger and back-breaking work, despite deep-seated government corruption and steady harrassment and heart-breaking loss. With often little more than blindly dogged determination, Tony Fitzjohn plows ahead "one step at a time," an invaluable lesson learned from his boss and mentor George Adamson.

Salman Rushdie once wrote, "To understand just one life you have to swallow the world," and Tony Fitzjohn helps the reader swallow a significant piece to understand the Africa he knew. From George Adamson's remarkable respect for the animal kingdom - which plays a huge role in Tony's life - to the story of newly independent Kenya, socialistic Tanzania, and the bleeding strife of Somalia. Ethiopia, Yemen, the US and USSR are all important, essential, in understanding the challenges Fitzjohn and his associates face, their influences told with honesty and feeling. But this book is about more than lions and rhinos, paper-pushers with ill will and grazers with nowhere to go; it's about a small and dedicated group of people doing what they know is right in the face of enormous obstacles.

And through it all, it's clear Tony Fitzjohn only loves Africa more. His incredible passion to help it realize its potential is infectious. Reading Born Wild makes me want to go out and change the world, or at least help those who are. Which is probably the best sign of just how touching and powerful this book is. For the first time ever I can say don't trust the blurbs ... because the book is even better than they claim.


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