ROBERT RUARK'S AFRICA
Author: Robert Ruark
Publisher: SAFARI PRESS, Nov 2009
Spans the years from his first safari to a story published just 2 months before he died. These stories, originally published in magazines as diverse as Playboy & Reader?s Digest now appear for the first time in book form, presented with special permission from Ruark's estate, & chosen for what they reveal of Ruark both as a writer & a man. Illus; 6x9 inches. 256 pgs.
If ever a time & place have had a profound effect upon a man, that time was the 1950s, the place was Africa, & the man was Robert Ruark. It was in Africa that the author of The Old Man & the Boy & The Old Man's Boy Grows Older finally grew up. There the author of Horn of the Hunter & Use Enough Gun finally came to grips with himself, came to realize his very essence & the measure of his being.
When Ruark hunted in Africa, the Dark Continent reverberated with the last echoes of a great & passing age. Ruark found Africa to be anything but dark, for it was there that he finally found enlightenment & a measure of contentment for his troubled soul.
Just as Africa changed Robert Ruark, Ruark watched firsthand as Africa changed itself. That was, of course, the time of the bloody Mau Mau Emergency where terror held an entire nation captive, but it was also a time of changing political climates, uncontrolled poaching, & open warfare that left a hunter, seeking solitude, little to enjoy. Through it all, he never hesitated to speak his mind or express his heart.
Robert Ruark's Africa spans the years from his first safari, when Horn of the Hunter was born, to a story published just two months before he died. These stories, originally published in magazines as diverse as Playboy & Reader?s Digest now appear for the first time in book form, presented with special permission from Ruark's estate, & chosen for what they reveal of Ruark both as a writer & a man.
In them, you'll meet Ruark's heroes, the white hunters; you'll walk with Ruark in the tracks of Karamojo Bell, carrying Bell's favorite .275 rifle across the same African wilderness that the famous ivory hunter once trod; you'll see the atrocities of the Mau Mau; face down a charging elephant; & feel the warmth of a sundowner after hunting buffalo from dawn to dusk.