BREATH OF AFRICA
Author: Pierre Decoster
Publisher: SAFARI PRESS, Sep 2009
Rich vignettes that can only be written by a hunter who has spent a great deal of his life in Africa. Decoster mentions only the most interesting, unusual, bizarre &, yes, unbelievable events in his long career hunting big game in Africa. Color photos; 6x9 inches, 225 pgs.
Some hunters go to Africa to collect animals; others go to have a change of scenery and a simple vacation away from it all; few, however, go to gain extensive experience in hunting big game in Africa for the sheer thrill of it. Pierre Decoster is one of the few. Decoster is interested in more than just Africa?s game; he?s interested in its culture, people, and the sheer thrill of being on a continent that is by all counts fifty years behind the rest of the world. These are the magnets that have drawn the author back again and again.
Decoster has hunted in East and West Africa and along the great Zambezi River, and he has kept clear of game farms that offer ?fast food?-type of hunts. The literary results are all the richer for it as the author takes us from sunrises to sunsets as he pursues the giant eland not once, twice, or three times but numerous times simply because they are a challenge to hunt and live in difficult-to-reach places. He?s walked countless miles after lion and buffalo to counterbalance the blisters he received from long walks after eland.
During one of his earliest African hunts, he wounded a large male lion in the C.A.R., and he pursued it with only a brave tracker till the moment of truth arrived and the lion charged. When the hunter ended up on the ground with the dead lion on top of him, his tracker remarked, ?In Africa, boss, the earth is often the color of blood.? And there was not only lion blood making the soil red. . . . This hunt only increased Decoster?s desire for more Africa.
In another remarkable incident he describes how hunters are sitting under a tree near a water hole when a lion comes onto the scene and tries to make a meal out of a buffalo that only wants a drink. Turning the tables on the lion, the buffalo attacks with such ferocity that it chases the mighty cat right up the tree under which the hunters are sitting.
The stories are rich vignettes that can only be written by a hunter who has spent a great deal of his life in Africa. Decoster mentions only the most interesting, unusual, bizarre and, yes, unbelievable events in his long career hunting big game in Africa. Let the author transport you to an Africa rich with vividly described scenes that evoke all the resplendent colors and hues of the Dark Continent.