Zara's Tales: Perilous Escapades in Equatorial Africa




      Zara's Tales: Perilous Escapades in Equatorial Africa
From adventurer, explorer, photographer, writer, pied piper Peter Beard eleven irresistible tales, told to his daughter in his tented encampment at Hog Ranch, Kenya, about life, about living, about Africa.He writes of the East African hills he came to know so well over four decades, where time slows to infinity in a great bottomless, bottle green underwater world about Nairobi in the 1950s, still a quaint, eccentric pioneer town, full of characters of all stripes and tribes, where rhinoceros roamed the streets and local residents went to the movies in pajamas He writes of the camp he built twelve miles outside of Nairobi so that he would never be off safari, a forty acre patch of bush called Hog Ranch abutting Karen Blixen s plantation , named for the families of warthogs who wandered into camp, a camp populated with waterbuck, suni, dik diks, leopard, giraffe, and occasionally lion and buffalo.In Big Pig at Hog Ranch, Beard tells the story of Thaka translation from the Kikuyu handsome stud , Hog Ranch s number one, fearsome, 300 pound warthog, who came into camp and dropped to the ground happy for a vigorous tummy rub, and who one night, lying in his favorite position, munching on corn and barbeque chicken, was encroached upon by a bristly haired, wild looking boar hog All three hundred pounds of Thaka exploded straight at the hairy intruder, the two brutish, bony heads crashing together thundering through the camp and Peter witnessed the unleashed power the bullish strength of the wild pig.In Roping Rhino, Beard tells of his first job in Africa, rounding up and relocating rhinos for the Kenya Game Department with his cohort and neighbor, a weather beaten native of Old Kenya who thrived on danger and refused to bathe and of the enormous silver backed rhino bull that became their Moby Dick.He writes of his quest to photograph overpopulated and habitat destroying elephants for Life magazine on the eve of Kenya s independence of his close encounter with the legendary man eating lions of Starvo descendants of the famed beasts rud to be immune to bullets, who in the late nineteenth century halted the construction of the Mombasa railroad, devouring railroad workers and snatching sleeping passengers from their Pullman berths in the dead of night to make a meal of them , who charged the author, coming in slow motion, like a bullet train erupting out of a tunnel, soundless, like an ancient force He tells of his round the clock adventure tracking and studying crocodiles with a game warden biologist at Lake Rudolf, a tale that begins with one crewmember being grabbed from behind by a ten foot crocodile and another doing battle with an almost prehistoric monster fish a 200 pound Great Nile perch and he writes of the final wildlife encounter that ended his safari days, an incident that proved Karen Blixen s motto Be bold, be bold be not too bold Zara s Tales confirms to our constant surprise and delight that nothing out of the ordinary happens It s just Africa, after all. Free Read [ Zara's Tales: Perilous Escapades in Equatorial Africa ] By [ Peter H. Beard ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – heartforum.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 176 pages
  • Zara's Tales: Perilous Escapades in Equatorial Africa
  • Peter H. Beard
  • English
  • 24 August 2018
  • 0679426590

10 thoughts on “ Zara's Tales: Perilous Escapades in Equatorial Africa

  1. Colleen says:

    4 StarsI came across Zara s Tales while I was looking for West with the Night at the library I immediately knew I had to get a copy for the little Zara in my life but wanted to check it out I had heard of Peter Beard as a nature photographer but never had read anything by him This book is a series of short stories about his time in the Kenyan wilderness written for his daughter The book is filled with beautiful photograph...

  2. Jackie says:

    peter beard s real life collection of stories from kenya are fascinating and full of adventure reading his accounts made me miss kenya and the perils of africa even .

  3. Mitch says:

    I ve never given a book a high rating due to the physical presentation beforeand I guess I am not this time either The content is good, but for me it was enhanced a great deal by the book s physical characteristics.It s a hard bound book, with a great photograph on the fronta little girl cozying up to a large warthog Inside are lots of pictures of Africans and animals by and large, and often these are presented as proofs or decorated with colored drawings on them I ve never given a book a high rating due to the physical presentation beforeand I guess I am not this time either The content is good, but for me it was enhanced a great deal by the book s physical characteristics.It s a hard bound book, with a great photograph on the fronta little girl cozying up to a large warthog Inside are lots of pictures of Africans and animals by and large, and often these are presented as proofs or decorated with colored drawings on them.The pages also have artificial aging that s...

  4. Chris says:

    A homage to a vanishing way of life and a delight of a book At times it s zen like The last chapter is a good meditation on life in general Beard lived in Africa as a photographer for over 30 years This book is a work of love of a way of life that is vanishing or has vanished Pictures are integrated well with the story and there are lots of pictures and they were all taken before the days of digital cameras Some great stories about the animals and the men, both white and native who stalked A homage to a vanishing way of life and a delight of a book At times it s zen like The...

  5. Diane says:

    Wow I initially was drawn to this book by the picture on the cover of an adorably wide eyed, dark haired young girl no bigger than my two year old son cuddled up next to the biggest, ugliest warthog I ve ever seen This collection of memoirs is written by her father who was born in NYC, then packed up after college and moved to Kenya The book is filled with tales of life in wild Africa, when Africa was still truly wild Evenamazing are the beautiful pictures and illustrations If you re Wow I initially ...

  6. Loraine says:

    Why was this children s book written Did the stories come from the journals Beard kept while living in his tented compound in East Africa Did he tell these stories to his daughter Zara when she was a child Oris this another effort inspired by his third wife Nejma to secure his ...

  7. Natalie says:

    one of the most gorgeous children s books I ve ever seen read Zara is almost too beautiful, what a dream child, what a dream childhood Love how obvious it is that Peter Beard instilled in her a certain fierceness, a knowing confidence a willingness to get b...

  8. Darlene says:

    I found this book very interesting for two reasons Peter Beard writes about the way Kenya was and how it changed from the 60 s on, especially for the Rhino, Croc and Elephant In addition he is a photog...

  9. Kevin Movius says:

    Next to the Bible, this may be my favorite book to ever read The book is a series of essays which are true stories he told his daughter of life in Africa Zara is the girl on the cover, hugging Thaka the warthog.The photographs in the book are a...

  10. Darlene says:

    I found this book very interesting for two reasons Peter Beard writes about the way Kenya was and how it changed from the 60 s on, especially for the Rhino, Croc and Elephant In addition he is a photographer and n...

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