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The Gorilla Hunters

R. M. Ballantyne

Book Overview: 

Ralph Rover is happily at home from his adventure on The Coral Island and wondering if he should settle down when he receives a visit from an eccentric stranger that won't give his name. This visit starts him on a string of adventures that find him getting charged by rhinoceroses, chased by African natives, and facing down a larger-than-life gorilla on his own. Of course, this is only the start of his adventure in to the land of the gorillas.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Makarooroo,” said Peterkin, as our interpreter hastened away to fetch his rusty old gun and spears; for he meant to join our hunting expedition, although he had only that moment arrived from a long and fatiguing chase.

“Do you think so?” said Jack.

“I don’t agree with you,” said I; “to me he seems rather of a grave and quiet disposition.”

“O Ralph, what a bat you are! He was grave enough just now, truly; but did you not observe the twinkle in his eye when he spoke to us in English? Depend on it he’s a funny dog.”

“There must be freemasonry, then, among funny dogs,” I retorted, “for Jack and I don’t perceive it.”

“Is this our canoe?” inquired Jack of the trader.

“It is.”

“Then let’s jump in.”

In a few seconds the river was crowded with a fleet of small canoes, and we all paddled quickly u. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The Coral Island has long been a favourite children's book of mine so I was delighted to discover this little-know sequel.

How disappointed I was to read it though! It lacks the charm, excitement and - above all - storyline of the Coral Island. The story is weak and nothing really happens. I foun...more

Loved it back then. Now? Not so sure about the cruelness in finding happiness in hunting gorillas.

British imperialism at its worst.

Kind of hard to rate - on the one hand, it really is a very good adventure tale. And, having read The Coral Island, it was fun to catch up with Jack, Ralph, and Peterkin in this sequel.

On the other hand, you have to get past some appalling racism. It was jarring at times.

I have to say, I'm glad I...more

Coyer Summer Bash

This novel is about a group of British men that go to Africa to see gorillas. Their is an arrogance to all the interactions with the natives. An interesting read.

Published three years after his phenomenally successful "The Coral Island", ""The Gorilla Hunters" finds Ballantyne bringing back three friends from previous novel but this time they are grown up men and instead of Pacific, the story is set somewhere in Africa. It's all very exotic, adventurous a...more

অনেকদিন পর অাবার মিলিত হল তিন বনধু। জযাক, পিটারকিন অার রেলফ। ঠিক করল অাফরিকার গহিন জঙগলে যাবে গরিলা শিকার করতে। যাওয়ার পথে এক গরামে পেল জযাকের মত একজন গাইড। ঘটনাচকরে গরাময পরধান জামবাই বলি দিবে জযাকের হবু বৌকে। সবাই মিলে তাকে বাঁচিয়ে সেখান থেকে পালালো। একটা সময় গরিলা ও শিকার করল তারা। এর মাঝে অার...more

Excellent, morally upright, thought provoking, and amusing read. Though better enjoyed after reading The Coral Island, The Gorilla Hunters can be read by itself with no trouble. The only possible objections to this book is that there is some violence--many people get killed. It is not graphic, ho...more

Refreshing classic

A fun, entertaining sequel to The Coral Island. I liked being back with the characters - Jack, Ralph, and Peterkin, who I've dubbed 'old friends'. They're a good trio! Overall? I enjoyed it, I laughed, I was surprised, and...well, I look forward to reading more of Ballantyne's books. (If only he...more

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