Wild Animals and their Secrets
by Jim Frey
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ISBN Number: NA
Format:
Hardback with dustjacket
Number of Pages:
230
Publication Date:
1958
Publisher:
Frederick Muller Ltd

Jim Frey, the author of this fascinating book, was not born to the circus ring, as many great animal trainers are. he was to have been an architect, like his father; but instead of that he was drawn by an irresistible attraction to become what he is today - one of the best known trainers of wild animals in the world.

He certainly had everything needed for his chosen career; the physique and presence; the intelligence and the courage; the love of animals and the desire to understand them; and, above all, the belief in his special relationship to them.

There is something more in his attitude towards wild animals than merely lessons, however valuable, he has learnt from those who went before him, and from his own experience; it is an intangible but precious quality which belongs to that borderland world between materialism and spirituality. And for this reason his book, too, is something more than the usual, though always compelling, memoirs of a great trainer of wild animals. It will have enough fascination and excitement for many reader. He tells many thrilling stories of his encounters with wild animals, the injuries he has suffered, the triumphs he has achieved, and the other famous trainers he has known, and compares their methods with his; he describes the animals he worked with and the human loves and tragedies behind the scenes at the circus. And beyond all this, his book is undoubtedly one of the  most valuable contributions to the understanding of animals and their psychology and behaviour that has ever been written.

Condition: Very good, in good dustjacket. Book is former library book with some inscriptions on the inside front cover but is otherwise tight and clean, with all photographic plates intact. The dustjacket is price-clipped, worn along the edges, with some small tears at the corners, but otherwise in good condition. Click on the image above to see a cloe-up.
 

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