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Beyond the Mountains

Bela Hidvegi

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The author is likely Hungary's most prominent international hunter and is often seen at hunting conventions around the world. He has hunted throughout much of Africa, North and South America, Europe, and Asia, but then so have many others. What makes this book interesting are the personal anecdotes: How he bailed himself out time and again from tricky situations like being stuck in the middle of nowhere with no chance of transport out for days or his scrapes with....
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BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS
by Bela Hidvegi

2014 Budapest, 342pp, color photos, 7.5x10.5, hardcover with photo inlay.
ISBN: 978-963-12-0843-6
Signed by author 

The author is likely Hungary's most prominent international hunter and is often seen at hunting conventions around the world. He has hunted throughout much of Africa, North and South America, Europe, and Asia, but then so have many others. What makes this book interesting are the personal anecdotes: How he bailed himself out time and again from tricky situations like being stuck in the middle of nowhere with no chance of transport out for days or his scrapes with Hungarian officialdom to get his antlers and horns back into the country for his trophy room, which he eventually turned into a large natural history museum.

Being history-minded, Bela often investigates those hunters that came before him and unearths fascinating reading for us all in the process. In the author's own word: "I've been through jungles, on savannas, in pine forests, and over tundra, in swamps, in groves, on the plains- I've been everywhere in the natural world. Great experiences and memories flash before me as I think back over the past years and decades. There were so many experiences, so many bitter lows and joyous highs, so much hard work, so much disappointment that was endured on these trails, whether in the densest African jungles or the snow and ice-covered northern regions of Canada or Kamchatka. So I really hope these words will be enjoyable, or at least a valuable lesson, for both hunters and nonhunters alike. This book is the culmination and sum total of the experiences I gathered on nearly fifty safaris and hunts. Reality not dreams, are foremost in this book."

The chapters are constructed thematically, such as "Cats" (leopard, jaguar, lion) and bears (Asia, Europe, and America). Then there are stories on what Bella calls "Mickey Mouse antelope," narratives on his struggles for the little antelope and duikers in Africa. "Adventures in the New World" deal with his success and failures in America, and "Jungle Fever" describes hunts in the thickest vegetation on earth and includes a forest elephant and other animals. In "Ham Slam" he, well obviously, brings home the bacon.

Amongst the hunting stories, Bela weaves tales of how his career in business developed, which becomes a catalogue of the events that changed and defined his life for the last seventy-seven years. . . . The book is interspersed with interesting snippets about his family and of his early days hunting in Hungary. If you excuse a few spelling mistakes, the book is enjoyable reading.

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