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“I purchased this book at a bookstore that was closing it's doors. The price was discounted, and it looked like a quick read. I had never seen the youtube.com video, or heard of it......When I got home, I watched the video and started the book immediately!
The Youtube.com video brought me to tears and I just had to read the story of these men and this lion who obviously loved each other....how did this come to be? How does that happen?
This story is about 2 men who came about puchasing a lion cub from Harrod's in London. They took this cub home to where they lived above a furniture store. You read about the goings on in raising this lion cub...how Christian would romp around the furniture store and play with the customers! As he got larger, he would sit in the windows of the furniture store and watch pedestrians walking by....they in turn, would stop and stare at the lion in the window!
John and Ace (the 2 men) realized they wouldn't be able to keep him forever, so they found a way to "rehabilitate" Christian back into the wild. I will not give away the end of the story, but it's a heartwarming story of relationship, trust, love, nature.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves animal stories. ”
“great book for anyone who loves lions”Laura E wrote this review Monday, April 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I very much enjoyed this book. Even though it was written in the 70's (which I knew) I was not disappointed. This book has been brought up to date with some information on what has happened to other people in the book.
I thought it was wonderful that Ace and John after buying Christian from Harrod's on a whim, realized that they would not be able to keep him forever and did not want to see him end up in a zoo. They did all they could to return Christian to the life for which he was intended with the help of others along the way. Beautiful story. ”
“This book is a must read in my opinion. The story is non fiction and is about the life of a lion that was raised in a city by two men named, Anthony Bourke and John Rendall. He was just a cub when they bought him and he was so friendly, but eventually he was to big to be allowed in their town. So they decided to take him to a camp in Africa to help lions survive in the wildlife. The story is so remarkable because when they go in visit him several years later Christian still remembers who they are.I would recommend this book to anyone. ”Suzanna DeLay wrote this review Friday, May 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An interesting background story to the video on youtube where two guys reunite with a lion they raised a year after his release into nature. This was a quick read and very enjoyable. ”lisadean wrote this review Sunday, May 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's another great book with lots of laughs and some sad parts but overall a great book”MEK4LIFE wrote this review Friday, April 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“amazing story”jack moeller wrote this review Thursday, March 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wonderful, wonderful book. Make sure you see the video of their meeting.”Shelley S wrote this review Sunday, March 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm so glad this book was written. The famous YouTube reunion video is a beautiful thing which gives us a glimpse at what this wonderful Lion was really like, but it's Ace and John's account of things that really lets us get to know Christian. From their journey raising him in a suburban area to deciding to make sure he gets a better life as he grows; everything about these events is truly remarkable.
Christian's story is one that will always stay with me.”