Books: Impractical Cats

LIVING FREE (161 pp.)—Joy Adamson—Harcourt, Brace & World ($5.95).

Eccentricities are mysteriously but reliably national. Balloonists are French, bomb throwers Bulgars, weeping drinkers Polish or Russian, and anyone who keeps a lioness as a pet is certain to be British. Author Joy Adamson was born in Vienna, but years of marriage to a senior game warden in Kenya were sufficient to infect her with a Briton's daft fondness for treating animals the way other people treat children.

A few years ago George Adamson shot a lioness in self-defense. In Born Free, a bestseller of 1960, Author Adamson related how she adopted one of...

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