Joy Adamson, world-famous for her books about Elsa the lioness, has a new and enthralling story to tell. Its heroine is Pippa, an elegant, affectionate but enigmatic cheetah - the spotted sphinx."Mrs. Adamson is confirmed as one of the most remarkable women of her times... I believe The Spotted Sphinx to be her best book." - Derek Tangye, Sunday Telegraph"She has done it aJoy Adamson, world-famous for her books about Elsa the lioness, has a new and enthralling story to tell. Its heroine is Pippa, an elegant, affectionate but enigmatic cheetah - the spotted sphinx."Mrs. Adamson is confirmed as one of the most remarkable women of her times... I believe The Spotted Sphinx to be her best book." - Derek Tangye, Sunday Telegraph"She has done it again! There is so much vital warmth in her narrative... Its pictorial record is superb." - Times Literary Supplement...
|Title||:||The Spotted Sphinx|
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The Spotted Sphinx Reviews
Wildlife is something which man cannot construct. Once it is gone, it is gone forever. Man can rebuild a pyramid, but he can't rebuild ecology, or a giraffe.I've read another animal book. I guess I'm just a sucker for punishment.I haven't heard of Joy Adamson until recently. It shames me to admit that to you. Ignorance, thy name is Ana. A few weeks ago, I have finally emerged from the rock I've apparently been living under. I have seen the light. And by light I mean books. Born Free, Living Free and Forever Free. Three of the most heart-wrenching books I've ever read. The books tell the story of Elsa, the magnificent lioness from Kenya. Needless to say, I was an emotional wreck and almost had a breakdown. I promised myself, I'd never read another animal book again. But, being the masochist that I am, I broke that promise. So here we are. The heroine of this book is Pippa, the enigmatic cheetah. First of all, cheetahs are awesome. Yet another thing I didn't know. The cheetah is the fastest land animal on the planet. Those are some fast kitties. Most vulnerable of the world's big cats, cheetahs are also thought to be the most sociable of the Felidae family. They are survivors, despite the fact that their lives are anything but easy. Their greatest enemies are lions and hyenas. They kill cheetah cubs and also steal their food. Those douches...Nature is quite cruel sometimes. In the wild it's the survival of the fittest.Back to Pippa. She was adopted at seven months old by Joy Adamson, a conservationist who pioneered the movement to preserve African wildlife. Joy was determined to restore Pippa to her natural wild heritage. For several years, Joy trained her to survive in the wild. She was eventually released back into the wild. Must stop before I reveal too much.Tragically, Joy's life ended very suddenly at the age of 69, when she was murdered by a disgruntled employee. Her ashes were divided in half and placed in the graves of her two dear friends- Elsa the lioness and Pippa the cheetah. P.S. There's an amazing documentary that you should definitely check out. It's called 'The Last Lions.' The documentary was released in 2011 and was narrated by Jeremy Irons. Thanks for reading, friends.
Interesting perspectives; fascinating insight into lives of the cats and author's daily existence in the "wild" … I became aware how dangerously we are separating ourselves from the wild life around us and how many people today seem to forget that we are only part of a world much bigger than the one we are trying to control….pg 110
I read this (or at least parts of it) when I was about 8-9 years old (in translation of course); I guess this was the very first "adult" book I've ever read. Loved it and revisited it several times in my teen years.
I touched this book when I was really young, was a bookworm as a child. It left a mark in my soul. The story takes you, becomes part of you, and at the end you are one with the wild. I would recommend it to anyone who loves animals, adventure, real life stories.
В пару к истории Эльсы - история Пиппы.==========Слушая тишину, изредка нарушаемую львиным рыком в отдалении, я раздумывала о том, почему мне никогда не приходилось чувствовать такой же душевный покой, живя среди людей. Может быть, близость к дикой природе приносила мне такое ощущение необъятности, вечности, что рядом с ним все остальное казалось мелким. Или причина в том, что мы слишком часто обманываем себя, придавая людям, которых любим, облик, созданный нашей фантазией, а потом сваливаем на них вину за собственное разочарование? И если некоторые из нас начинают любить животных больше, чем людей, то не потому ли, что на животных нельзя переносить человеческие свойства и в общении с ними ни самообман, ни разочарование нам не угрожают?==========Нам всегда хочется судить об уме животных по своим, человеческим понятиям. Это очень большая ошибка. У каждого вида развился тот ум, который оказался наиболее подходящим для него в борьбе за существование. То, что в определенных условиях животные ведут себя не так, как мы с вами, вовсе не говорит об их глупости — просто они руководствуются другими способами восприятия, которые нам неизвестны.==========Меня всегда удивляло то, что кошачьи не принимают во внимание более постоянные признаки, например запах, внешний вид или характерные движения близких к ним людей. Но, может быть, они так подозрительно относятся к незнакомой одежде просто потому, что сами-то никогда не меняют шкуру, не то что мы с нашими переодеваниями.
Pippa was a cheetah reared by a person living in Africa and given to Joy Adamson when she grew quite large. Her name was originally Kitten but Joy changed it, as shouting Pippa would carry better over large areas. We get to understand that while Joy wanted Pippa to live free, the small, light cheetah is below lions, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs in the pecking order and often its prey gets away. So even their sprinting speed may not provide a meal. The prey has to be small enough for one cheetah to bring it down without crushing itself. This is a detailed account and conveys a good impression of Joy and her husband's life.
I went through a Joy Adamson phase after seeing a film based on "Born Free" while visiting my great-aunt, who had cable TV. Of all her books, I enjoyed her Pippa stories most.