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Jock of the Bushveld is a true story by South African author Sir James Percy FitzPatrick. The book tells of FitzPatrick's travels with his dog, Jock, a Staffordshire. Sir James Percy FitzPatrick, KCMG (24 July - 24 January ), or simply Percy FitzPatrick, authored the classic children's book, Jock of the Bushveld in. Jock of the Bushveld [Fitzpatrick Sir Percy] on dutytowarn.info Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers editorially hand-picked.
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Jock of the bushveld by Fitzpatrick, Percy Cover and binding are worn but intact. A reading copy in fair condition. Punch-through to spine. Age toning to pages. Secure packaging for safe delivery.
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Sort order. Dec 11, Dirk Grobbelaar rated it it was ok Shelves: What we have here is a bona fide local classic. The tale of Jock of the Bushveld is as proudly South African as biltong and beskuit. Or perhaps not as proudly: The colonials at the time, and especially, it s What we have here is a bona fide local classic. The book is also jam-packed with passages describing all kinds of cruelty to animals: In South Africa we have a big problem with poaching.
We also have a fairly shocking endangered species list, because of the hunting habits of the colonials, which caused a lot of damage before it was eventually governed. Again, the novel serves to illustrate. She is beautiful, loyal and has a lovely disposition. My wife and I adopted her from a rescue dog shelter. And that ending! Of all the bloody stupid things to do! Are some people just born daft! The writing is quite powerful and the adventures are often enjoyable.
Is it a good book? It probably is. Did I enjoy it? I probably missed the whole point of the book, but I'm still sticking to my guns no pun intended View all 13 comments. Apr 18, Clint rated it it was amazing Shelves: For sure one of the best books I've ever read. FitzPatrick during the time the book takes place was a transporter, guys who basically ran groups of oxen and natives transporting goods back and forth across the wilderness of South Africa a hundred-something years ago.
I didn't know a lot about South Africa when I went into this, but basically they have their own version of the American wild west, with warr For sure one of the best books I've ever read.
I didn't know a lot about South Africa when I went into this, but basically they have their own version of the American wild west, with warring natives that may as well exist in a different world from the Europeans who have moved in, wild animals, frontier justice and injustice , etc.
The Jock of the title was a dog that belonged to FitzPatrick, and almost the entire book is made up of hunting stories with this dog. While actually a transporter, hunting was by far Fitzpatrick's main passion during this time, and, though his writing is a little stilted by time, his descriptions of the hunts are brutal and exhilarating at the same time.
The modern reader will probably be struck at times by the callousness of the hunters, but, like Hemingway's hunting stories, there is still a joy and respect for the wild in these stories that keeps the narrator from seeming like a mass murderer, haha. He does actually kill for food and safety. His love of Jock is on every page, and the book goes from Jock's birth as a runty little dog no one wanted into Jock's prime when he's the baddest dog on the trail to Jock's brush with death by kick to the head which left him deaf, to Fitzpatrick's life finally moving away from the bush and into the towns, and the decline of Jock's usefulness and ultimate, painfully needless death by accident.
His love of Jock, his relationship with the dog, is the stuff of Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows, but has a ring of authenticity that those books naturally lack because they were purposefully written as relationships with dogs, whereas this was actually just describing one that existed. Also, and this is a major, MAJOR part of the value of this badass book, the bushveld was a dangerous, unforgiving place, death was common, the wildlife was really fucking wild, this was very extreme life, where the wild, primal, fullest part of both dog and man had infinite space to stretch out.
The unspoiled beauty of the wild, the danger and excitement of the hunt, the simplicity of relationships; it's a kind of life that is almost never ever enjoyed by humans anymore. There is an almost Nietzschean hardness and dedication to the fullest life that applies to the natives, Jock, and FitzPatrick himself.
Though he comes across as a very friendly man, there is also an almost comical toughness and deep, deep love of all of life in him. Some quotes showing this kind of writing: The world's their oyster, and the fit of a masterful and infinite confidence opens it every time: There was no need to finish off this one, for it was bound to die, and no one wanted the meat or sin.
Who, then, would be so mad as to think of such a thing? Five minutes earlier I would have answered very confidently for myself; but there are times when one cannot afford to be sensible. There was a world of unconscious irony in Jim's choice of words, 'Come on! Since the night with the lions, when he had been ignominiously cooped up, there had been nothing to stir his blood and make life forth living A magnificent waterbuck bull, full-grown and in perfect coat and condition, was standing less that five years away and a little to the right, having already passed me when he came to a stop; he was so close that I could see the waves and partings in his heavy coat; the rise and fall in his flanks as he breathed; the ruff on his shaggy bearded throat, that gave such an air of grandeur to the head; the noble carriage, as with head held high and slightly turned to windward he sniffed the breeze from the valley; the nostrils, mobile and sensitive, searching for the least hint of danger; and the eye, large and full and soft, luminous with watchful intelligence; and yet mild and calm - so free was it from all trace of a disturbing thought.
And yet I was so close, it seemed almost possible to reach out and touch hum. There was no thought of shooting: Just to watch him: I had asked him something about the Zulu war; and that had started a flood of memories and excitement. In the midst of some description I asked why they killed the children; and he turned his glaring eyes on me and said, 'Inkos, you are my Inkos; but you are white. If we fight tomorrow, I will kill you. You are good to me, you have saved me; but if our own king says "Kill!
We see red; we kill all that lives I must kill you, your wife, your mother, your children, your horses, your oxen, your dog, the fowls that run with the wagons - all that lives I kill.
The blood must run. So this time I knew it was useless to order or to talk: If on that last day of our hunting together he had got at the lioness, and gone under in the hopeless fight; if the sable bull had caught and finished him with one of the scythe-like sweeps of the scimitar horns; if he could have died - like Nelson - in the hour of victory!
Would it not have been better for him - happier for me? Often I thought so.
For to fade slowly away; to lose his strength and fire and intelligence; to outlive his character, and no longer be himself! No, that could not be happiness! There are a ton of outdated, local, or Afrikaans words in this book. My Kindle's dictionary could tell me about half of them, and about half I had to guess at. I didn't realize until I got to the end of the book that there was a glossary disguised as "Chapter Also it's the original uncut and unedited version.
This is a book written by a white man in Africa more than years ago, so the word "nigger" is pretty prevalent, but not as much as the word "kaffir. My friend who introduced Jock to me is South African, and he can barely even get the word out it's so offensive to him.
So, if you get all weird about racial epithets, especially the "k-word," steer clear, this book is absolutely FULL of them. As lighthearted as FitzPatrick is, this book is very brutal and effortlessly racist. But absolutely incredible at the same time. I normally avoid animal books as a genre and I'd never even heard of this book until being prompted by a South African workmate who had heard it as a boy and had fond memories of it.
I'm glad I read it. Its an enjoyable story. Clearly it was written in very different times to today. They really had a very tough life. I doubt I would have prospered under the same conditions. It took a bit of getting used to the names they called the natives but I understand that those terms haven't always been dis I normally avoid animal books as a genre and I'd never even heard of this book until being prompted by a South African workmate who had heard it as a boy and had fond memories of it.
It took a bit of getting used to the names they called the natives but I understand that those terms haven't always been disrespectful and the 's is a long time ago.
The description of the hunting scenes is superb. Its hard to imagine the author remembering it all in such vivid detail. You could really feel the tension as they pursued the animals.
Jock of the Bushveld by Percy Fitzpatrick
It wont suit everyone but I enjoyed it. Cheers to volunteers at Librivox that read this audiobook version and made it available for free. Sep 12, Mpscahill rated it liked it. I read this for geographic and historical perspective on the pioneer days of South Africa.
Sep 21, Katharine Peddie rated it it was amazing. Jock of the Bushveld is a beautiful story that not many children read and definitely not here in Australia. This is a book about a dog called Jock in South Africa around the 's.
I recommend this book because it based on true life events and can be classified as a non-fictional narrative. Gamble and Yates I believe this is true literature at its best, children will be intrigued by the story of a man and his best friend. This story has recently been released as an animated film. This wi Jock of the Bushveld is a beautiful story that not many children read and definitely not here in Australia.
This will allow the students to explore written literature as well as digital media. Jock is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Percy worked as a storeman, prospector assistant and journalist on the ox-wagon trails that went through the Bushveld of the Transvaal in South Africa.
How exciting for students to hear all these new words, we can openly discuss what they are and a brief history of South Africa and how things might have worked in those times to create a better in picture in their minds.
Jones and Derewiank Jock was the runt of the litter and Percy took him on because in those days they would drown the runt, only the best were kept to pass on to others. These dogs were important in those days as they protected the people on their trails and helped hunt.
A runt would not be useful at all, nevertheless Percy was happy to keep him as his own and train him. Jock became a loyal friend for all of his days with his master. They had many adventures together, one of these adventures was Jock getting into a fight with a baboon and he won, now if you have ever seen a baboon you will know that this is a great victory as a baboon can be very fierce and dangerous.
Another adventure is how jock got kicked in the head by Kudu while they were on a hunting trip, this left him deaf, but this deafness did not deter Jock and his amazing love and loyalty for Percy.
This story or novel came about because Percy once he had retired and moved to the city would often tell his children of his adventures with Jock in the veld bush that he eventually decided to put them to paper for all to enjoy. Miller As a teacher reading this aloud to students will touch all of your hearts and give this feeling of warmth and love for this dog who became a hero to all the people he came in contact with. Gottschall Fair warning: This book may be about a dog, but it's more about hunting with him than anything else.
Which has it's good side, in that it gives you a good feel for the countryside and the amazing animals with their incredible capability to fade into the background - but once you've been given such an appreciation for them, it is hard to take the terrible gore of the actual killing.
It's a very beautiful book, in a lot of ways, but it has this way of putting two opposite views so closely together Fair warning: It's a very beautiful book, in a lot of ways, but it has this way of putting two opposite views so closely together as to make me very uncomfortable at times - so, appreciation for the animals and their beauty, and then the sheer brutality of the hunt; or, the introduction of an astounding Zulu character, and his repugnant hatred for "kaffirs".
Jock of The Bushveld
And maybe this is the truth about Africa, how am I to know? Maybe beauty and violence, passion and cruelty are bound together in every story about her. I don't know. I will say that this was a very good book, although the fact that it was intended for children does not sit well with me.
I especially loved the chapter about getting lost in the bushveld - one of my favorite themes in literature ever - how we see what we expect to see, rather than what is really there.
Jock of the Bushveld
The author's experiences from his years of living in the bush and the hunting dog that he had from the time it was a puppy. This kept showing up as a Goodreads recommendation.
I was unable to find it anywhere here in the States so when I had opportunity to find it during a layover in Johannesburg, I decided to buy it.
I'd had the idea it was fiction, but in reading the preface discovered it was book form of stories he'd told numerous times from his experiences - the ol' "you need to put these t The author's experiences from his years of living in the bush and the hunting dog that he had from the time it was a puppy.
I'd had the idea it was fiction, but in reading the preface discovered it was book form of stories he'd told numerous times from his experiences - the ol' "you need to put these together in a book" line. I started reading it while waiting out a what became 7 hour airport layover, and although I didn't read the entire time, I read about the first quarter of the book. I've seen other reviews that talk about the racist comments and OK, it's a bit dated, but it has to be taken in the context of when it was written.
This particular edition says " year celebration - ". If you read it with that in mind, the language fits. While I don't think this is something that I'd read again, it was interesting and was a glimpse into life in the South Africa bush in the late 's.
View 1 comment. Sep 12, Michael added it. Oh Jock Jun 24, Ryan rated it liked it Shelves: I can see why this would be a hit with children, being about a boy and his loyal dog companion's exploits in the African bushveldt. While vividly describing the untamed wilderness and it's many inhabitants, the book is also about courage, being literally the underdog and overcoming that to rise above everyone else - surely a positive role model for kids!
The extent to which Jock goes to tackle quarry many times his size, seemingly heedless to danger is exciting to behold, his tenacity legendary.
We are also taught bushcraft on the many vicarious hunting trips, how to become attuned to the environment in order to pick up the faintest signals. The reason I do not rate the book any higher is the stiff competition it faces in the genre of colonial outdoor sporting adventure books I have had the pleasure of reading, where a more adult audience is targeted. For younger readers new to such themes this would surely be a thoroughly enjoyable introduction.
My mother read this to me when we spent a holiday in the Eastern Transvaal now Mpumalanga , South Africa.
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I'm pretty sure we read the abridged version. Ever since then I've wanted to read this again. This time though I made sure I read the unabridged version of Jock. The tale is that of a young transport rider. Moving goods from the coast to the gold fields of Johannesburg. The South African bush was rough and unforgiving and a place where the riders hunted game for food. Enter Jock a mongrel pup that nobody want who becomes the firm companion of the rider.