Leopard in My Lap (Classic Reprint)

Leopard in My Lap (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Leopard in My Lap My father, an archaeologist, died when I was a baby, and I was brought up by my English grandmother, a matriarch of the old school, who ruled with a rod of iron. Decisive of speech and inflexible of will, she said no more easily than she said yes; but I learned to respect her stern principles. I was often in trouble. My love of animals was so intense that I used to lure our neighbors' pets into our garden and there hold a sort of zoological court. The proceedings were not always happy. Cats, I discovered, were not compatible With birds, so I had to have cat days and bird days. Sometimes I had insect days - much to the discomfort of my mother who disliked insects as well as spiders and snakes; and snakes were what I wanted more than anything - except lions! I devoured animal books; one of them definitely gave me an African fixation. Night after night I would lie awake with the Dark Continent stretched out like a marvelous living rug whose foliage and creatures were alive. My young imagination soared. Lions dominated these African scenes and were the lords of my dreams. Forbidden to acquire unusual pets, such as snakes and lions. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 286 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15mm | 386g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 024328957X
  • 9780243289578