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When the lion feeds – tekijä: Wilbur A.…
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When the lion feeds (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1964; vuoden 1964 painos)

– tekijä: Wilbur A. Smith

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The bestselling novel that launched Wilbur Smith's stellar career, this is the first in the riveting saga of the Courtney brothers. It is the 1870s and twin brothers Sean and Garrick Courtney are born into the wilds of Natal. They could not be more different, and 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 the horizon is the promise of fortune, adventure, destiny and love...… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:When the lion feeds
Kirjailijat:Wilbur A. Smith
Info:New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006, c1964.
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The novel opens in the 1870s in Natal - one of the colonial possessions of England in what will one day become South Africa. Sean and Garrick Courtney, the twin sons of one of the local ranch owners, spend their days hunting and playing under the hot sun. Until a tragedy strikes, Garrick loses his leg (due to his brother's negligence) and the relationship between them changes. Sean tries to make up for it, Garrick gets more and more bitter and manipulative.

And all that story unfolds while the world around them changes - they both end up in the Anglo-Zulu War - Garrick comes back a hero, Sean and their father are presumed dead. Until Sean comes back home to find his pregnant girlfriend Anna married to his brother and confirming the father's death. Had it been almost anyone in the world, that may have been the end of it but Anna wants a revenge for being forced to marry Garrick (because she believed Sean to be dead) so she spins a story and causes the two brothers to fall out permanently and Sean to leave, leaving all he owns to his unborn son.

And this is where the story really begins. While the Natal chapters are interesting and the war is tragic, they serve to set the scene for the future. Because Sean 's adventures are just beginning - he gets in the middle of the Witwatersrand golden fever, gets extremely wealthy and participates in the founding of Johannesburg, then have to run out of there after trusting the wrong people and ends up chasing ivory into the Bushveld, gets married, gets a child and then loses almost everything again when his two worlds meet for the first time. It is an adventure novel set in a place and time which is almost forgotten.

It is the story of Sean but it is also the story of the land that is to become South Africa - with all its beauty and weirdness, with the large open spaces and the wild animals, with the local tribes and the colonists - Dutch, English and Portuguese (and anyone else who shows up...). Sean's best friend may be white but his constant companion is Zulu and there is also a friendship there, albeit unconventional and looking almost insulting from our viewpoint - but both men respect each other and listen to each other and both learn from the other. There is a play on race and the changing in perceptions around it (and in how race is being used and abused at the colonies) - it is a world in flux where your yesterday's friend is an enemy tomorrow (the Boer war is coming soon) and your enemies may be the ones to save you next time.

And in counterpoint to Anna from the first part of the novel are the women of the later parts - Candy and Katrina - different as two women can be and yet, both of them hardworking in a men world. Their meeting ends up being the undoing of Sean's world - because none of them understand the other and neither Sean understand any of them.

The novel finishes almost where it started - with Sean looking back to Natal and deciding to go back home. It is a long novel and yet when it finished, I wanted more - Wilbur Smith is one of those storytellers that knows how to keep you interested. I am definitely planning to read more from Smith. ( )
  AnnieMod | Feb 22, 2021 |
I have never read a book by Wilbur Smith until now. I can see why he is a popular writer. He captivates you with his characters and keeps things moving fairly well. I will be reading his works in sequence. ( )
  paulhock | Oct 17, 2017 |
Love the Courtney series and Wilbur Smith's description of Africa! ( )
  FletcherBooks | May 17, 2015 |
He began life at his twin brother's side, soon running wild on his father's ranch on the edge of Africa. But violence, desire, and fate sent Sean Courtney into exile--where he would fight and love his way to extraordinary success and heartbreaking failure...

In a place called The Ridge of White Waters, Sean made a life-long friendship, mined a fortune of gold, and met his own demons. Then an act of cunning betrayal struck--and ignited a new adventure to a new frontier.

From facing the murderous charge of a towering bull elephant to watching men die unspeakable deaths, Sean fought new enemies, forged new allies--and dreamed of establishing a family on a farm of his own. But the young man who had lived by his courage, sweat, and blood was about to discover that the past still had its claws in him

### Review

'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*

** **

****Praise for Wilbur Smith****

**“Smith is a master.” *—Publishers Weekly
**

***“One of the world’s most popular adventure writers.” *—The Washington Post Book World
**

***“A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship.” *—Tulsa World***

**“Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared.” *—The Times* (UK)      
"Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa.  The bodices of rip and the blood flows.  You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August."--Stephen King
**

**"Action is Wilur Smith's game, and he is a master."--*The Washington Post Book World***

**“The world’s leading adventure writer.” *—Daily Express* (UK)**

**"Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick."--*Sunday Times***

**“Smith is a captivating storyteller.” *—The Orlando Sentinel***

**“No one does adventure quite like Smith.” —*Daily Mirror *(UK)
**

**"A thundering good’ read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith’s books.” —*The Irish Times***

### **From the Publisher**

**These audiobooks from Macmillan UK offer abridged readings of some of the world¹s most popular authors. Handsomely packaged, they feature readings by eminent actors of the stage and screen, including James Fox, Martin Shaw, Tim Pigott-Smith, and David Rintoul. ** ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Good, not great, but certainly good enough to make me want to read the next one in the series. I'm probably in for the duration. ( )
  SpasticSarcastic | Apr 1, 2013 |
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The bestselling novel that launched Wilbur Smith's stellar career, this is the first in the riveting saga of the Courtney brothers. It is the 1870s and twin brothers Sean and Garrick Courtney are born into the wilds of Natal. They could not be more different, and 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 the horizon is the promise of fortune, adventure, destiny and love...

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