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Part of the 'Courtney' series'Something always dies when the lion feeds and yet there is meat for those that follow him.' The lion is Sean, hero of this tremendous drama of the men who took possession of South Africa in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.Sean and his twin-brother Garrick grew up on their father's farm in Natal. The first part of the book deals withPart of the 'Courtney' series'Something always dies when the lion feeds and yet there is meat for those that follow him.' The lion is Sean, hero of this tremendous drama of the men who took possession of South Africa in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.Sean and his twin-brother Garrick grew up on their father's farm in Natal. The first part of the book deals with his childhood and youth and his longing to become a successful farmer and hard-hitting fighter like his father.The tough life of cattle-farming is brusquely interrupted by the Zulu Wars, when Sean and his brother see fighting for the first time. Wilbur Smith vividly recreates the excitement of the war for the young men-their hope of winning their own cattle, the horror of the massacre at Isandhlwana, the heroism of the defence at Rorkes Drift.'Witwatersrand' is the name of the second part of this book and it tells the story of Sean's fabulous success in the gold rush and his rich life with Duff Charleywood and the beautiful Candy in the new town of Johannesburg, where huge fortunes were made and lost in a morning's dealing on the Exchange.The atmosphere of this feverish, violent time is brilliantly drawn: the heavy drinking, the elaborate houses, the ruthless abandonment of the failure. Sean and Duff are caught at last in a trap laid by their rival, the sinister and clever Hradsky, and leave Johannesburg for the wilderness to seek their fortunes once more.And now the book moves to its climax. At last it seems as though Sean will settle to a quiet married life – but fate has other plans for him. They return to Johannesburg and tragedy strikes quickly. Sean finds himself alone once more...Filled with action scenes in war and the early heady days of the gold rush, and adventure among the vast game herds of the African wilderness, this novel is dominated by the towering compelling personality of Sean, whose life story is continued in The Sound of Thunder and A Sparrow Falls.Reviews * 'Plenty of incident and colour' – The Observer, 1966 * 'Pride of place goes to When the Lion Feeds because it is bigger, wider and more full of plot than all the others put together ...' – The Daily Telegraph, 1966. * 'Wilbur Smith has built up his wide-screen adventure story with energy and shrewdness.' – Sunday Times, 1966 * 'Mr. Smith is a natural story-teller who moves confidently and often splendidly in his period and sustains a flow of convincing incident without repeating his excitement.' – The Scotsman. 1966 * 'A very impressive book in its wide scope and its descriptive colour.' – Sphere...

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When the Lion Feeds Reviews

  • Eric
    2019-04-21 11:19

    When it comes to historical fiction, Wilbur Smith writes some of the best stories I have read. I have been reading the Courtney series out of sequence. When the Lion Feedsis the first book in the series.Sean Courtney is a character who is larger than life in the story. I found myself totally engrossed in the story. Africa in late 1800's provides the backdrop for this epic tale. A good portion is dedicated to Sean's adventures in the Witwatersrand region of South Africa. This region was one world's most lucrative gold mining area which lead to the founding of Johannesburg.There are portions of the story I found predictable. This did not keep me being absorbed in the story with a sad ending. On to the next book in the series!

  • Graham
    2019-03-30 10:24

    An outstanding first novel from Wilbur Smith.This one has it all: romance, adventure, war, intrigue, horror, danger, family saga and betrayal. It brings an era of African history to life both richly and with plenty of verve. It may be a cliche to say so, but I couldn't put it down.The book is segmented into three sections. The first is an almost autobiographical account of growing up on a rural farmstead. Here we're introduced to a pair of larger than life characters, Sean and Garry, who straight away reminded me of George and Lenny in OF MICE AND MEN.The second section of the book changes track and covers the development of Johannesburg, the gold rush and life on the stock exchange. I thought figures were boring, but there's the same level of breakneck excitement here as there was in the card games of Fleming's CASINO ROYALE.The final section explores life in the wilderness, and elephant hunting features a lot. Each to their own, but the African flora and fauna comes to life in the author's expert hands as he explores scenery that he would revisit time and again in his career.The book ends rather abruptly and afterwards I learned a sequel, THE SOUND OF THUNDER, carries on the same story. I'll definitely be getting hold of it.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-04-02 15:14

    John Cartwright Duration: 15:13Description: 'Something always dies when the lion feeds and yet there is meat for those that follow him.' The lion is Sean, hero of this tremendous drama of the men who took possession of South Africa in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.Sean and his twin-brother Garrick grew up on their father's farm in Natal. The first part of the book deals with his childhood and youth and his longing to become a successful farmer and hard-hitting fighter like his father.The tough life of cattle-farming is brusquely interrupted by the Zulu Wars, when Sean and his brother see fighting for the first time. Wilbur Smith vividly recreates the excitement of the war for the young men-their hope of winning their own cattle, the horror of the massacre at Isandhlwana, the heroism of the defence at Rorkes Drift.'Witwatersrand' is the name of the second part of this book and it tells the story of Sean's fabulous success in the gold rush and his rich life with Duff Charleywood and the beautiful Candy in the new town of Johannesburg, where huge fortunes were made and lost in a morning's dealing on the Exchange.The atmosphere of this feverish, violent time is brilliantly drawn: the heavy drinking, the elaborate houses, the ruthless abandonment of the failure. Sean and Duff are caught at last in a trap laid by their rival, the sinister and clever Hradsky, and leave Johannesburg for the wilderness to seek their fortunes once more. And I'm away with the Courtneys at last...Cracking starter novel.From wiki: The novel was banned in South Africa on the grounds of obscenity and blasphemy. Heinemann appealed this to the South African Supreme Court and succeeded in having the decision overturned. However, this was reversed on appeal, and the ban stayed.Courtney:4* When the Lion FeedsBallantyne:4* A Falcon Flies4* Men of Men3* The Angels WeepTR The Triumph of the Sun (Courtney, #12)Ancient Egypt:4* River God5* The Seventh Scroll3* Warlock1* The QuestMB Desert GodStandalones:4* The SunbirdTR Elephant SongTR A Time to Die2* Shout at the DevilTR Eagle in the Sky3* The Eye of the Tiger1* Those in Peril3* Hungry as the Sea3* Golden Fox3* The Dark of the Sky4* The Diamond HuntersTR Cry Wolf3* Gold Mine

  • Lynn
    2019-04-17 14:18

    Read 100 pages and decided it wasn't for me. I kept having flashbacks to Rich Man, Poor Man and who wants to be reminded of that crappy potboiler?

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    2019-03-27 14:59

    I picked this book to fulfill my challenge requirement. I did not expect to enjoy it. It is not what I typically read. I was pleasantly surprised. Set in South Africa on the mid to late 1800s, the reader follows the vicissitudes of the rambunctious Sean, who grows from cattlehand on the family ranch to gold miner and ivory hunter. He finds lovers, enemies, comrades. He hunts, kills, invests, and somehow always prevails. This is book one in a series of about fourteen. It definitely sparks interest in the next novel. 2017 Reading Challenge:takes place in the wilderness

  • Bill
    2019-04-22 12:05

    Wilbur Smith is one of those names you see taking up three to four shelves in used bookstores, with weathered spines and yellowed pages. Jeffrey Archer is another one. I only bother to mention Jeffrey Archer because I found these two to be very similar in writing styles as well. The fact that the only books I've read by these fellas have been their first may be the reason this is so.When the Lion Feeds is something I needed at the time (and what do you know, this is exactly how I started my review for Archer's Kane and Abel), and that is simply a good story. You know, just a good story as if someone were to stop you on the street and tell you what happened. For 30 hours or so...Anyways, what I'm getting at is that like Archer, it's a rather thinly told story for the most part. There isn't a whole lot of ink spent on lavish descriptions or overly complex characterization. Rather you're focused on things that are happening in the here and now (and, thankfully, he totally glossed over any battle details when the time came. I HATE reading battle scenes!).Smith did pleasantly surprise me a few times with his characters, though. It didn't happen a lot, but when it did I could see a lot of potential to come with subsequent novels. He also surprised me nicely with some of the turns the plot took.This is very good storytelling. It was recommended by a friend who has read the entire Courtney series, and when I bought it at the used book store, the guy there told me "Oh, I loved that series years ago!". So, I'm giving this one a firm 3.5 stars, with the assurance of a good series to fall back on when I just need a good story.It's also worth noting that this is the first time ever that reading about 1880s stock exchange action got my heart racing. Very nice!

  • Matt
    2019-04-07 16:03

    As I begin my semi-annual trek to binge read a sizeable series by an author previously foreign to me, Wilbur Smith seemed like an easy choice. His Courtney/Ballantyne series (some argue they are branch-offs of one another, others that they do not connect at all) should be a wonderfully complex and entertaining collection, worth a few months' investment. Twins Sean and Garrick Courtney were connected by birth, but could not have been more different. Growing up in South Africa in the mid- to late-19th century, their lives were shaped by a world that straddles primitive Africa and technologies from colonial Europe. After a freak accident at the hand of his brother when they were young, Garrick is left without a leg and Sean's guilt mounts. Garrick is able to use this to his advantage, which progresses into young adulthood. When the Courtney brothers accompany their father into a battle with one of the African tribes, Garrick and Sean fight for their country, the former the only one to return. Garrick takes his brother's pregnant girlfriend, Anna, under his wing, choosing to marry her and play father to the future child. When Sean reappears, Garrick must make some significant choices, realising that his brother's massive persona will not fade into the background. Garrick disappears into the bottle and is left out of the narrative, permitting Sean to tackle new and exciting challenges on which Smith takes the reader. Sean explores the South African gold rush, able to make a fortune before he is tricked and loses everything. Refusing to give up, Sean takes up a new path as an ivory hunter, where he is able to rebuild and meet the woman of his dreams. It is then that he begins to set roots in the booming environs of Johannesburg, adding a son to his family and beginning to look ahead to the next generation of Courtneys. An exhilarating beginning to a powerful series whose importance flows from the pages and the attentive reader will surely enjoy.I had heard much about Smith in my years as a reader, but chose not to approach his books, unsure if they would be of interest to me. Being a great fan of all things historical, I thought I would take the plunge. What is great about this series is that it is set in Africa, an area with which I have little knowledge. The settings are thick with detail in such a way that only Smith could pen effectively, as an African himself. He does not yet tackle much of the racial strive that is sure to transpire in the area, but hints at the Boer War on the horizon. The novel moves along in three significant parts, each of which shows Sean Courtney in his various life paths. Smith effectively weaves a tale to show how Sean dealt with adversity, while peppering the narrative with the life of Garrick, whose demise has not hampered his style. The curious reader may wonder what happens to Garrick, who will hopefully appear in future novels to flesh out his role and the reason Smith used him in the early chapters of the book. While the narrator of the audiobook I chose tried to bore me to tears, I sought to wrestle the story out of his monotonous voice and find vigour in the way Smith approached telling this important inaugural story in the Courtney series. I found success in it and can only hope the numerous storylines flourish with the remaining novels in this series, throughout the three collections on offer. Kudos, Mr. Smith for this wonderful beginning to an exciting series I will surely devour over the next few months. Show me the wonders of Africa and how it was shaped by internal and external strife.Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at:

  • Shane
    2019-04-08 13:22

    Reading this Wilbur Smith novel, three decades after I read the last one, The Dark of the Sun, I quickly realized how far I have strayed from reading popular fiction: like hero Sean Courtney, once you leave home, you can never come back.This book is still a page turner despite its age. Short chapters, each with incidents of dramatic consequence, thread about 20 years of the hero’s life, from his days on the family farm in Natal to his intention of returning home to visit his alcoholic twin brother; the typical hero’s journey: escaping home, adventures abroad and regaining home.Sean is the opposite of his twin Garrick. His ebullience and impulsiveness leaves Garrick a cripple. His lustful impetuousness lands damsels in distress and Garrick has to clean up after him. He fights in the Zulu uprising, sires bastards, makes and loses a fortune in the Witwatersrand, goes elephant hunting in the Limpopo, loses friends, wives, children and, while still in his early thirties, decides to cut his losses and return home with a stash of ivory. That is, if the home he has known can ever be regained. In a nutshell, that is the story, but there are far too many twists and turns in this plot to record or remember everything in between. Smith leaves the book well poised for a sequel, and for many more featuring the Courtney family.The culture of the times is pretty clear: the white man is king, the black man follows and puts his life on hold for his fair master, women are chattels, greed is fuelled by gold, racketeering is rife in frontier towns and “In order to live, man must occasionally kill.” Hunting is a possessive love. Scenes of the South African Veldt, and its flora and fauna are authoritatively drawn.All that said, there is a lot of awkward writing. The characters and their emotions run shallow unlike the deep gold veins that they mine in Johannesburg. Sean bounces back from his many tragedies like a bird shaking off water from its feathers. Some scenes are glossed over for there is too much happening anyway. The foreshadowing is clumsy, almost like an omniscient narrator intruding to alert us to what lies ahead, even reminding us of what is to come during the Boer War, which is outside the time span of this book. The sudden shift in POV, especially when it is carried by a minor or newly arrived character, is jarring. And the melodrama...oh the melodrama... Part three of the book is the best section as it portrays a deeper character investment, as if Smith is maturing in his craft just as Sean is maturing with his many losses.This is a good adventure story and a great debut novel for Smith at the time. My travels will however be into other lands and other books and I will bid the Courtneys “totsiens.”

  • Steph Cumbie
    2019-04-23 12:59

    Having read all of his Egypt books (and LOVING them) I decided to tackle his Courtney series set in S. Africa. The story is broken in 3 parts.In the first part I had a hard time at first with the main character (Sean...he was a real turd lol) but once the story got going and other characters were introduced I forgot all about the first part of the book and really enjoyed the adventure.There were some serious ups and downs...I even cried at one point. I had a hard time putting it down at times.I didn't like the way it ended...too many loose ends...but there are many books that follow. I really enjoyed this book but don't know if it was enough to read the rest of the series.

  • J213
    2019-04-23 09:56

    Wow. The end of this book just stunned me. This was quite an amazing story and given the length of this series (13 books in total from the looks of it) and the mass-market paperback-edness of it, I was expecting a lot of heroism, action, some tragedy and just an overall feeling of fluff. I could not have been more wrong. This was utterly fantastic and riveting. Adventure, coming-of-age, drama and historical fiction full of brutal realism and humanity. For the most part, the characters aren't heroes or people to look up to. They're flawed, make major mistakes and pay dearly for them. I'm totally sold and am eager to see how the story develops.

  • S.R.R. Colvin
    2019-04-05 15:58

    This is one of Smith's older books and what a welcome relief it was to read a real beginning!This one starts out telling a story of twins Sean and Garrick Courtney and allows the reader an opportunity to grow close to the characters before following them into action.I am so worn out with books that start in the "heat of battle" with characters the reader hasn't had time to love or hate. I realize that's the unfortunate current formula to get an agent to request a manuscript, but I LOVE that "When the Lion Feeds" is above that.If all older books are written in this style, then I'm going retro!

  • Bill
    2019-03-30 17:00

    Excellent old fashioned African adventure complete with buxom babes and Zulu warriors. Wilbur Smith is interesting. Will check out more in this series.

  • Arthur
    2019-04-09 17:25

    This is the first volume in the two volume of When the Lion Feeds by Wilbur Smith from the Courteney series. This may obviously be the same ISBN for both the first volume paper back issue and the hard book of its entire two volumes in one book. I read the first volume and rushed back to get the second volume in vein of reading most of the Courteney series. The average point’s skillmanship writing and some loose writing contained here. The story starts first with the background as life being important to two young boys growing. Then they turn into men. Life changes for them because of strife around the world that doesn’t seem to affect their life. They are fortunate and wealthy. They are around cattle. Life during well known gold rushes going into years that becomes an area of great tinkering and knowledge. And is a certain taste for everyone’s having aforethought in realms this type of literature for sure.

  • Penny
    2019-04-01 17:58

    "Francois, how many men up at the face?" "Cave in" "Francois voice was now hysterically shrill. "Cave in". He broke Sean's grip and raced away towards the lift station, the mud flying from his gumboots. His terror infected Sean and he ran a dozen paces after francois before he stopped himself. For precious seconds he wavered with fear slithering round like a reptile in his stomach: go back to call the others and perhaps die with them or follow francois and live.Into the wilds of Natla in the 1870's are born Sean and Garrick Courtney, the twin brothers who could not be more different. Fate, war and the jealous schemes of a woman are to drive them even further apart. But as history unfolds a continent is awakening. And on its horizon is the promise of fortune, adventure, destiny and love.....

  • Bonnie
    2019-03-24 10:05

    Wilbur Smith's very first book. This book starts the Courtney series and takes place in South Africa just before the Boer War. Sean and his twin brother Garrick borrow their father's shotgun and go hunting while their parents are out. Sean trips and accidentally shoots his brother. Garrick loses his leg, and thus starts the saga of the Courtney brothers. Sean eventually leaves the family farm and strikes out with his ever faithful companion and servant Mbejane. There he finds wealth, power, adventure and eventually love. But is that love really meant to last... A well written, fast paced, historically accurate adventure that will hold you to the very last word.

  • Conrad K.
    2019-04-15 13:57

    Wilbur Smith has always been a favorite of readers in Southern Africa. His style of writing seems to hit a note with many who live in that region. This book - the first he published in 1964 - tells the story of two young brothers growing up on a farm in Natal and torn apart by actions in their youth. They become involved in the Zulu Wars and then, as young men become rich in the Witwatersrand Gold Rush. This is family saga that contains everything - danger, poverty, victory, injustice, romance, sickness, sadness. All of the drama and intensity of the Dark continent. A must read.

  • Sean N Noonan
    2019-03-24 14:07

    An exhillerating adventure, the excitement and pace are breathtaking. The way in which action and passion are mixed leads me to want to be able to write with such a style. The world the book describes never really existed, the characters and morals are more fantastical than real life drama, but that is part of the story's beauty. Hat's off to a Master story teller! Not that I am the first to say so, nor the foremost...

  • Mari
    2019-03-24 14:57

    "First published: 1964" - one can tell.

  • John Worthington
    2019-03-28 16:11

    I liked the overall story but I disliked parts of the book; I absolutely hated the ending of the book - it is a series though so who knows. Why do authors have to have sex scenes; I am thankful for the fast forward button. Where is vidangel for books.This book is about two twin brothers in Johannesburg, Africa who experience life early, death of a loved one, competing affection for a girl, war, and disagreement over a woman. One brother heads off to find his fortune and meets a man and a lady in the Gold fields (Duff and Candy). I loved the character of Duff. This book also talks about the despicable trade of hunting elephants for their ivory. The title When the Lion Feeds refers to trials that the brother has and how he addresses them. This book has language - I'm not sure if I'm going to follow this author anymore.

  • Elle
    2019-04-08 10:22

    My full review is at: http://elleisforliterature.blogspot.c... Twin boys, Sean and Garrick, grow up in 1800's Natal, Africa. It covers their childhood and then follows Sean's life during the gold rush times in Johannesburg. Amazing writing that flows. This is the first in the 13 part Courtney series. The audio was stellar. Definitely 'best of' for 2017 for me.

  • Judy Howard
    2019-04-16 16:55

    I have to say that Wilbur Smith's books are all very good. There is "A Sparrow Falls" and "The Angels Weep". And the best "When the Lion Feeds"

  • Paris Jordan
    2019-04-13 14:02

    Wow, just wow.

  • Kristin
    2019-04-10 18:11

    This was an engaging enough read, touching on those things South African - the Zulu wars, the Dutch influence, gold and diamond mining, cattle ranching, the wholesale slaughter of elephants for their tusks, and the heartache that comes with it all. But after a while it was rather like reading about waves: good things are going to happen, and then bad things are going to happen, but then good things happen, and more bad things happen... it's all unfolding much like a map. The first two parts were stronger than part three. It was as if the author just wanted to wrap things up to set the stage for book two. And what did happen in part three really didn't fit with the rest of the book, again, a means to conclude book one? I did thoroughly enjoy the setting in Africa - the veld, the mountainous country, the dry season, the rainy season, the interaction with the natives, the wildlife. Sean's relationship with Duff was humorous and engaging and Sean's Zulu friends added a nice touch of wit and counterpoint to the harsh backdrop. However, I'm not sure I'm interested enough to pick up Sound of Thunder, which takes Sean off to the Boer Wars and the conflict with his twin brother who's been nursing his hate for 15 years. By the time I finished, I was at a point where, honestly, I almost didn't care any more - the waves are still going to come, and still going to go. Recommended if you like long, page encompassing sagas.

  • Paweł
    2019-04-03 09:55

    Nie wszystkim książkom udaje się ta sztuka, ale ta wywołała u mnie różne emocje - od radości, poprzez obawę do ogromnego smutku (aż w końcu uroniłem łzę). Zależało mi na bohaterach, ta sama postać potrafiła mnie na pewnym etapie życia irytować, bym później mógł zaobserwować jej przemianę i zacząć jej kibicować. Książka jest dość obszerna, a i tak pozostało masę wątków, które zostały tylko napoczęte - mam nadzieję, że gdzieś są kontynuowane, ponieważ czuję ogromny niedosyt!Podobał mi się klimat Afryki dziewiętnastego wieku. Szczerze mówiąc, nic praktycznie nie wiem na ten temat, więc zacząłem poszerzać swoją wiedzę szukając informacji związanych z przedstawionymi wydarzeniami, miejscami czy postaciami. Zadziwiające jest jak bardzo świat przedstawiony przypomina... Dziki Zachód - podejrzewam, że po prostu historia kolonizacji nowych lądów przez białego człowieka cechuje się pewnymi podobieństwami, niezależnie od tego który kontynent weźmiemy na tapetę. Zawsze sprowadza się to do zagarniania ziemi, podporządkowania sobie lokalnej ludności i eksploatowania złóż naturalnych, a afrykańskie farmy i miasteczka są podobne do tych założonych przez amerykańskich kolonistów.Językowo jest bardzo dobrze, czytanie takiego tekstu sprawia przyjemność samo w sobie - mam wrażenie, że Wilbur Smith to jeden z tych pisarzy, którzy mogliby pisać o lepieniu garnków z gliny przez kilka stron, a ja i tak byłbym zachwycony konstrukcją zdań i mistrzostwem w operowaniu piórem.

  • Meredith
    2019-04-18 16:06

    When the Lion Feeds is a journey through Africa, told from the perspective of Sean Courtney. The first part of the book focuses on Sean and his brother Garry growing up on a farm together. With tragedy rearing early on. The two have to learn to live with their new dynamic and get on with their lives.The second part of the book focuses on Sean leaving the nest and getting out into the world to make his fortune in the goldmines. We watch Sean grow into a man, question his values and learn about the sort of person he wants to be one day.The third and finial part of this book focuses more on Sean finding love and heartbreak.What an experience! This book was well outside of my comfort zone - but my partner asked me to read it so I gave it a shot. It took a while to get used to the writing style. The main character is an alpha male and because of that the style of writing was interesting and so different to what I am used to. Particularly his feelings on fighting and even how he recognises the feelings he is experiencing in real time. Overall this book was filled with interesting plot lines and characters that link and pull together.I'm looking forward to continuing the series and recommend this book to anyone interested in Wilbur Smith's work.

  • Doğukan Şık
    2019-04-23 15:19

    Benim kötü bir huyum var. Merak ettiğim bir seri varsa onun ilk kitabını almak yerine tüm kitaplarını alıyorum. Beğenmezsem de seri öyle kalıyor. Bundan 6-7 yıl önce ablam Yırtıcı Kuş adında bir kitap getirmişti. Galiba okuduğum ilk macera romanıydı. O kadar beğenmiştim ki uzun yıllar unutamadım. Geçenlerde kitabı araştırırken Yırtıcı Kuş'un bu serinin dokuzuncu kitabı olduğunu gördüm. Ve o an kendime "Bu kadar sevdiğin bir yazarın diğer kitaplarını da almalısın." dedim ve kitaplarını sepetime ekledim. Dün birden kitabı Kindle'dan okumak aklıma geldi. Az öncede bitirdim. Beni bu yanlış yoldan döndürdüğü için e-kitap okuyucuma teşekkür ederim. Kitap çok kötü değil ancak şu anki okur kimliğimle hiç uyuşmuyor. 6-7 yıl önce bütün seriyi bitirseydim benim için efsane bir seri olarak kalabilirdi ama şu an çok basit geldi. Öncelikle olaylar çok hızlı gelişiyor. Bu heyecanı yüksek tutsa da bir zaman sonra olayların derinine inilmediği için insanı sıkıyor. Kitabın en sevmediğim özelliği insanlar arasındaki ilişkiler. Kitap boyunca yüzümde hepinizden tiksiniyorum ifadesi vardı. Çarpık ilişkiler, saçma sapan aile yapıları... Aşk-ı Memnu yanında basit kalıyor. Wilbur Smith ile olan ilişkimi bir daha başlamamak üzere sonlandırıyorum.

  • Beth
    2019-04-20 16:55

    First published in 1964, the story begins the Courtney Family series about the late 1800's in South Africa. Sean and his unlike twin brother spar continually. Sean is a bully! When Sean causes an accident with the brother that precipitates Garry's leg having to be amputated, Sean doesn't feel much regret. The story then of how Africa provided adventures for Sean, continues after some both twins experience war. Then Garry is left behind at the farm property while Sean goes gold mining, meets and looses a friend, then settle on killing elephants for their Ivory. As an ardent watcher of Nature and National Geographic documentaries of elephants and their loss of habitat, and a person who inherited a few peices of carved ivory from a seafaring father, this part of the tale had me conflicted every minute. I rejoiced when he found a wife whom I liked and felt devestated when she was out of the picture.It is the picture that the author specializes in writing about. I can see the mine or the velt, taste the meat shot down, feel the emotion from the descriptions but also enjoy sufficient dialog to keep the story line going.

  • Judy
    2019-04-13 15:24

    "Lion" is the first part of the Courtney Family Saga. This first book starts with Sean and his twin-brother, Garrick, growing up on their father's farm in South Africa. The author, Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa and educated there, also. So he knows his subject matter. There are a good many words and phrases that were foreign to me, but understandable in the context. His prose is poetic at times and when the action is quick and fast, Smith writes with short, rapid-like phrasing that conveys the action. As the twins become young men, They both work the family farm, but Garrick is a scholar and avoids as much as he can. Sean is a natural farmer, but he has to interrupt his farming when he becomes involved in the Zulu Wars. Most of the rest of the book deals with Sean's life as he heads north. He befriends a knowledgeable miner, Duff Charleywood, and they become life-long friends, making several fortunes and losing them. I was only planning on reading this first book, but it ends in such a cliff-hanger that I'm drawn to the next one, "The Sound of Thunder."

  • Chris
    2019-04-11 14:03

    As a child i remember looking at my grandads bookshelf and seeing such authors as Tolkien, Dickens and Wilbur Smith. These books always striked me as just being something i wouldnt be intrested in but having been stuck in the bed the past few days i decided to give his firs book a go and what a pleasure i did. This is the first in a Saga of the Courtney Family and for a opening book i was really sucked into this world. The first book deals with two brothers Sean and Garry Courtney. As we reach half way through the book its talks about sean and his journey in south africa and the jobs he picks up. i loved this book and found it very hard to put down. Smith seems to be able to fit great amount of detail and history into this book as possible without dragging it out and making it a boring read. i will keep reading this saga

  • Bruce
    2019-04-02 13:57

    This is my first book by this author, and I can now say I have another favorite author. Wilbur Smith's writing is amazing. It is well above the average writing being published today. Smith writes historical fiction about Africa. This book was the first book he every published and is about South Africa in the late 1800's. I enjoyed every page of it, and will be reading more of his books soon. In fact I have already started on my second book. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who enjoys reading, especially historical fiction.