I’m very pleased to present this review to you! Enjoy!
Author: Joy Adamson
Synopsis: “Joy Adamson’s story of a lion cub in transition between the captivity in which she is raised and the fearsome wild to which she is returned captures the abilities of both humans and animals to cross the seemingly unbridgeable gap between their radically different worlds. Especially now, at a time when the sanctity of the wild and its inhabitants is increasingly threatened by human development and natural disaster, Adamson’s remarkable tale is an idyll, and a model, to return to again and again.”
I heard of the Adamsons – Joy (the author) and George (her husband) – when I read the book A Lion Called Christian, in which they had helped rehabilitate Christian back into the wild. However, their work with lions had been going on for a while before Christian, so I was very excited to read Born Free and see how Joy and George got started.
And it all began with Elsa. Born Free is the account and adventure of Elsa the lioness’s life, and the difficult task Elsa provided for her human parents, Joy and George Adamson. Raised by the Adamsons since she was a baby, she treated them as her lion pride, and they treated her as their child, however never forgot the fact that she was a wild lion. Her life with them flew by as she grew from a cub into a full-size, and eventually a wild, lioness.
Besides the story itself, my favorite part of the book was how it was written. Joy Adamson has written quite a few books – all of which I hope to read – and her written language reads like she is having a face-to-face conversation with the reader. Her writing flows, and it feels as if you are experiencing Elsa’s life with the Adamsons. Joy is a professional painter and photographer, and her beautiful pictures of Elsa, Africa, and the unlikely family’s adventures are scattered throughout the pages, which makes it an even more intriguing read. The ending of the book is comprised of letters which George sent from Africa to Joy when she was finishing the book in England, and this aspect gives an even more personal touch to the readers.
I’m a sucker for animal stories – especially if they are true – so Born Free was one of those books that touched my heart and stayed in my mind for a while after I read it. I was sad when they had to eventually try and release Elsa back into the wild because come on, who doesn’t want a lioness as a pet?! However, the outcome made the entire book and I walked away with tears in my eyes and a happy heart.
Purchase it at Amazon.com here: Born Free
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*Note: The synopsis was taken from Goodreads.com. The review above is written by me. © Kalie Lyn 2011*