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The Most Dangerous Game de Richard Connell
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The Most Dangerous Game (edição: 2008)

de Richard Connell

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On his way to hunt jaguars in the Brazilian jungle, a professional hunter is marooned on remote island inhabited by a fellow hunter who pursues unusual game.
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Título:The Most Dangerous Game
Autores:Richard Connell
Informação:Publisher Unknown (2008), Kindle Edition, 48 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
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The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell was first published in Collier’s magazine in 1924. Considered by many to be an example of short story perfection, this classic story features a big game hunter, Sanger Rainsford, who falls off a yacht in swims to what seemed to be a deserted island in the Caribbean, but on the island he meets Colonel Zaroff, a strange Russian aristocrat who spends his time on the island, hunting humans. The Colonel decides that the big game hunter will make an excellent quarry.

This short story was apparently inspired by the fashionable hunting safaris in Africa and South America of the 1920s and it has been adapted for film and TV more than once. This O Henry Awarded story is one of a series of short stories that I studied while in high school many years ago, but I think it stands the test of time quite well.

The Most Dangerous Game is, on one level a story of adventure and drama, but it definitely raises questions about man’s need to hunt to acquire trophies. The struggle between these two hunters brings up many questions such as, is hunting strictly for the sport of it, ever justified. While the title refers to the fact that man is the most dangerous animal, it also makes reference to the game that is played out by Rainsford and Zaroff. What makes this story so memorable is the ambiguous ending that could be interpreted in a number of ways. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Mar 4, 2021 |
Didn't annoy me to read, would not want to read again ( )
  Inho_Yukine | Oct 29, 2020 |
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Title: The Most Dangerous Game
Series: ----------
Author: Richard Connell
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Action/Adventure
Pages: 21
Words: 8K

Synopsis:


Rainsford is a big game hunter on yacht heading to his next destination. He falls off the boat one night but manages to swim to a nearby island. He is introduced to General Zaroff, a former General to the Russian Czar now living in exile because of the Red Revolution. Zaroff claims to be a hunter from birth and founded his life's purpose on the thrill of the hunt. Sadly, the hunt against animals paled and Zaroff didn't know what to do. Until he began hunting men. Now he rescues shipwrecked sailors or kidnaps them and then lets them loose on his island to hunt at his leisure.

When Rainsford refuses to join, Zaroff decides to hunt him. Armed only with a knife,Rainsford must not only overcome Zaroff, but also his killer servant Ivan and the General's trained pack of hunting dogs.

Rainsford turns the tables and kills Zaroff.

My Thoughts:

A couple of months ago, The Film Authority reviewed the 1932 movie The Most Dangerous Game. It sounded extremely familiar and it turned out it was based on a short story that I had read “some time, some where, some how”. The original title was The Hounds of Zaroff written in 1924.

This was a fascinating little story and sure does pack a wallop for a mere 21 pages. I read a gutenberg “illustrated” edition, which just threw in random pictures of objects being talked about in the text, so I suspect the real page count is closer to the teens.

There isn't much to actually talk about. The twist is well known, very well used. Using humans as hunting prey has been around since, well, there has been enough leisure time for hunting culture to develop. Humanity gets bored easily enough and it's creative enough and broken enough to do something like this. There was an Outer Limits episode where some humans use humanoid androids as hunting targets and the twist there was that the androids turned the tables. Just like Rainsford does to Zaroff here.

Even knowing the story, I recommend reading this if you want a little Action/Adventure to tide you over some afternoon.

★★★★☆ ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Sep 17, 2020 |
I read this in High School, but enjoyed it immensely. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
Maybe itÛªs perspective, since the basics of this story were already known to me, but I found this a bit simplistic. A man washes up on a shore to be rescued by a another man who is a hunter, one who has grown complacent in his abilities and so now hunts of a very particular prey - man, the only quarry which can actively try to outreason the hunter. The shocks are delivered early and then the story becomes one of survival and escape. Not a bad tale, but one that didn‰Ûªt deliver that much of a punch, despite it‰Ûªs dark premise. ( )
  michaeladams1979 | Oct 11, 2018 |
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