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    • critch
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      Has anyone ever read this book by Jean-Pierre Hallet? It’s an account of his twelve years as a game warden/naturalist in the Congo. He came close to losing his life a number of times.

      One of the articles he wrote was about his attempts to contact the pygmies in the deep jungle. He went in by himself so as not to scare them,,,and he got hit with an arrow. He said when he pulled it out, he at first thought, “Why a wooden arrowhead?”, Then he realized it was poisoned. The pygmies soaked the wooden heads in a poison so that the monkeys they shot would not cling to the tree too hard, but fall out. He had a rough go of it getting over the sickness but eventually gained their trust.

      He also killed a lion with nothing but a short spear and a shield…he almost died from that also.

    • William Warren
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      I have not read that one but would love to as it sounds like it is an account of days gone by much like the biography of John A Hunter which is titled, what else? “Hunter”. It’s long out of print but may be found in old book stores. I happen to have copy which was among my favorites, the stories filling my youthful dreams of hunting. Hunter also went to meet the pygmies but they did not shoot him.

      Is your book still in print or will we need to look for a copy?

    • critch
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      Man is the Prey by Clarke is also great.

      I love those books, real adventure….

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