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Read about dangerous man-eating tigers in "Harry Black" by David Walker. Here is an exciting story about an Englishman's adventures in colonial India. There are no real villains, unless one considers it to be the tiger, who, despite its depredations upon the human villagers, is just being a tiger. Very good forgotten novel to read in one's favorite easy chair with a nice hot cup of tea.

From the jacket blurb:

"Harry Black had been a regular soldier who escaped from a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. He is now particularly concerned with the shooting of those man-eating tigers who terrify and decimate Indian villages. The immediate plot concerns his successive encounters with one particular tiger. His Indian tracker falls victim to the man-eater; Black is himself mauled by it when he draws it away from an assault on his best friend. But this story is no mere melodrama. In "Harry Black" the author has engaged all dimensions of his characters: mental and spiritual equally with the visible and tangible. This is an adult book for adults; nothing is scamped.

"On the upper plane "Harry Black" is a true novel, and a good one. On the plane of pure excitement, the book is a rattling good story: full of colour, of incident, of sharply observed and subtly presented characters. Within its genre, I rank it as a major work of art" - a contemporary review by Guy Ramsey in "The Broadsheet".

The author on the book :

" 'Harry Black' is about India where I spent some years of my life. I joined my regiment, The Black Watch, at Meerut in Janary, 1932, just before my 21st birthday. the five years after that were good bachelor years - hard work when we worked, which was not overmuch; hard play when we played, which was fairly often. Things were very different when I went back to India in 1946 as comptroller to Lord Wavell, then Viceroy. Independence was just around the corner, and tension was growing. It was only in that year that I came to know, and like, and understand the Indians. 'Harry Black' is, I think, a fair, good story of India changed and unchanging."


TITLE : Harry Black
AUTHOR : David Walkerr (1849 - 1912)
DATE : 1958
PLACE : London
IMPRINT : Reprint Society
EDITION : Reprint
ILLUSTRATIONS : title page sketch uncredited


318 pages; approximately 4 7/8" x 7 1/4"; yellow cloth with title lettered in gold against a black leather title label on spine; top edge dyed black; decorated dust-jacket; author's photo-portrait on rear flap


Exterior: Mild surface rub - a few inconsequential spots, and/or smudges ; slight compression to spine extremities, else clean and presentable with title presenting brightly

Interior: Toning and slight spotting to end-papers - slight, scattered spotting and near-negligible smudging, else clean and presentable with but modest signs of use

Dust-jacket - Well worn and stained with cup rings - there is serious toning as well as other divers stains or discolorations ... edge wear includes nicking and small tears - The jacket has seen the brunt of wear, yet its continued presence has enabled the preservation of the book very nicely. Displays adequately under protective clear mylar cover

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Harry Black by David Walker An Exciting Novel set in Colonial India about Man-Eating Tigers - 1958 Vintage Book

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