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Jock of the bushveld

Jock of the bushveld by Percy Fitzpatrick,E Caldwell

ISBN10: 117773236X
ISBN13: 978-1177732369
Author: Percy Fitzpatrick,E Caldwell
Book title: Jock of the bushveld
Publisher: Nabu Press (August 26, 2010)
Language: English
Category: Africa
Size PDF: 1159 kb
Size ePub: 1236 kb
Size Fb2: 1917 kb
Rating: 4.4/5
Votes: 998
Pages: 544 pages

Jock of the bushveld by Percy Fitzpatrick,E Caldwell

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.


I don't know how I missed this when ordering, I recall looking through the descriptions, etc. before ordering.

This is a copy of the original book, made by General Books ([...]) and in the front, where copyright information usually are, it says the following:

"We made this book exclusively for you using patented Print on Demand technology."

It goes on to tell you they scan the book, convert it to text using OCR, and that they omit all illustrations. It admits that there may be footnotes in the text, typos and other issues. All of that is true. The list of illustrations are blended in with the text, there are no chapters. Quotation marks and apostrophes are almost randomly inserted, making it hard to distinguish speech attributed to one of the characters and speech patterns. There are no chapters.

If you are a scholar, you can make excuses for this and spend time to decipher the book. If you are buying this book for a child wishing to read the story of "Jock of the Bushveld," then you should not buy this book, kids can't parse this book and it is a meaningless jumble of text. I believe that even an adult may find it hard to read this for enjoyment.

Jock is a dog. He is the object of this story of South Africa which covers about ten years in the latter part of the 19th Century. It is an engaging tale which gives a feel for the times through the eyes of a teamster or transportation worker. It is loosely based on the adventures of its author Percy Fitzpatrick as he traveled ox team wagons throughout central South Africa or the Bushveld. Bushveld is an Afrikaner word which would be the South African equivalent of the Australian "Outback". Jock was the runt of the litter when Percy got him but he grew to become a formidable dog and loyal companion. It is good book to obtain a feel for attitudes and cultural norms of the day. There is an interesting Zulu character in the second half of the story. Since it is based on a true story it is not fanciful like the Quartemain stories. I liked the book and I would have given it five stars but I thought that the first chapter was weak in that it concentrated on the hardships of Percy and that Jock was a long time in being introduced into the story. The last chapter was sad and in some ways disappointing, but such is life. Overall I recommend this book for a general adventure book. It was written for children but can be appreciated by anyone who enjoys such tales.

This is a story of a dog told by his owner in South Africa in the time when goods were transported by oxen and wagons. Jock's master is a transporter--oxen train operator- and they travel through the bushveld hunting to supplement their food along the route. I enjoyed the description of the various wild animals and terrain. Jock is a loyal companion and always ready to hunt and defend his master. The whole book is tinged with sadness for me because the narrator is talking about their experiences in the past tense. You know that Jock is no longer with us. Maybe because I have an older dog, I kept wondering if this will be the chapter where Jock gets killed. This book took me to a place and time I never even imagined. I don't regret that I spent my time reading it. It has a glossary for the many Dutch and African words sprinkled in the text. This book was one the 5 best books about dogs suggested by an article in the Wall Street Journal.

A friend of mine who lives in South Africa told me about this story.I watched both movies - the kid version and the regular version,before I found this ebook was available on amazon. I liked it a lot.

NOT a copy of the original! I have a copy printed in 1908,the seventh impression. That version has Caldwell illustrations on virtually every page
and many full page renderings by Caldwell. This reprint has almost none of the page illustrations and absolutely none of the full page images.
Its still a fine story but I was extremely disappointed to discover so much was left out.

I had been looking for this "hard-to-come-across-book" for a long time and to my great disappointment the first thing I see as I open it is an editor's note in which it states that this IS NOT THE ORIGINAL but and edited edition in which "language has been modernised" and all "prejudicial racial references" have been eliminated.

It shouldn't have been touched, not even in the least. Jock of the Bushveld and Percy Fitzpatrick's views/opinions and language are a product of the country, the time and the society in which the action is set. We can find the language outdated and the racial opinions of the time outrageous and unacceptable nowadays but that's how the book was written. An editor's note should have better warned the reader about it, not changed the book.

Editing books is, to say the least, a terrorist attack on literature. That would be like editing and redacting Robert Burns' Tam O' Shanter, Cervantes' Quixote or Shakespeare's Othello because the language is strange & inaccessible or there are sexual references in them. If you want a "clean" version for kids buy the bl***y Disney movie, but please DO NOT RUIN ANY MORE BOOKS. (I wonder what'd they've done to Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom).

Though, in purity, I should say it's all my fault. I didn't read the part were it says it is for ages 9-12. Should have read better (and thoroughly).

Loved this story so much. It was so much about Jock the dog we came to love. It was written to bring you on a roller coaster ride of emotions with so much description. If you do read this book which I totally recommend then do not see the movie. It is nothing about Jock and only a love story about the owner for a woman and not the bonding relationship he has with his dog. If you are not a dog owner you will want to be after reading this book. It is very descriptive of the old South Africa.

Supposed to be a classic dog story, but not one that captured me. I didn't get past the beginning. But, I think that was just me, and the book being so old and of a "non-modern" language style.