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“Leiningen Versus the Ants” is a gripping tale of Man versus Nature. As a virtual plague of voracious, thinking creatures marches toward the expansive coffee. Leiningen Versus the Ants has ratings and 26 reviews. Gbolahan said: Read this some 25 years ago. Can’t remember where (a collection of short stories. Leiningen Versus the Ants, a Short Story by Carl Stephenson.

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While he could think at all, he’d flout both death and the devil. He hadn’t a second to lose, but for life itself he could not have denied his curiosity the satisfaction of knowing how long the ants would take–for personal reasons, so to speak. Yes, of course it was senseless–provided the defenders had an unlimited supply of petrol. Jun 04, KatNic rated it it was amazing.

Leiningen Versus the Ants by Carl Stephenson

Yet the perseverance of the ants was by no means broken; indeed, each setback seemed only to whet it. Why, even a herd of saurians couldn’t drive me from this plantation of mine. The Brazilian official threw up lean and lanky arms and clawed the air with wildly distended fingers. All I have to say after reading it is For American, British and other western democracies in andthe ants could be interpreted as representing the rising threat and encroachment of totalitarianism.

Near Leiningen a few mounted herdsmen awaited his orders.

Rallying his workers with his courage, inspiring ideas and driving moral with his steadfast bravery and sacrifice Leiningen himself angs as unstoppable force as the ants. Even Leiningen himself, who had ridden up just in time to restore their loss of heart by a display of unshakable calm, even he could not free himself from a qualm of malaise.

A short but detailed adventure story by German author Carl Stephenson centring on a gutsy and spirited plantation owner in Brazilian rainforest called Leiningen. Yes, one hope remained, and one antw. All the troops so far hurled into the ditch had been sacrificed antx vain. However, Leiningen realizes that his original principle of canals and damming can be put to use: Dawn found a thoroughly refreshed and active Leiningen riding along the edge of the ditch.


But the boss is such a force of nature himself that some workers stay behind to implement Leiningen’s formidable battle plans to defeat the ants. Mechanically, in his stride, he struck at them, scarcely conscious of their bites.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

It puts forward the ideal of a heroic individual fighting against evil the ants without help from a cowardly, self-interested public. No, I called the tune, and now I’m going to pay the piper. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The planter’s chin jutted; they hadn’t got him yet, and he’d see to it they never would.

Distracted by the episode, some defenders had turned away from the ditch. When the ants reach his estate, Leiningen seals it by filling a moat that surrounds it on three sides, the fourth being a river.

The Lyons Press, pp. Can’t remember where a collection of short stories or in Reader’s Digest or somewhere else but I remember I loved it as heck! The ring of fire dwindled as the water mounted to the petrol trench, and quenched the dimming flames. The news ran swiftly along the entire chain of outposts, and soon a long scattered line of laughing men could be seen hastening along the ditch towards the scene of victory. He rose with the sun and went out on the flat roof of his house. Into the emptied bed poured an irresistible throng.

Well, the fun won’t start till morning. The planter saw before him a motionless and unaltered throng of besiegers. Before he could direct the river anew into leinibgen safeguarding bed he saw himself surrounded by raging ants. The stone breakwater ran between the river versuus the plantation; its only gaps occurred where the “horseshoe” ends of the angs ditch passed into the river.


Leiningen Versus the Ants

The besieged were versu able to contemplate at their leisure the thumb-long, reddish black, long-legged insects; some of the Indians believed they could see, too, intent on them, the brilliant, cold eyes, and the razor-edged mandibles, of this host of infinity. Lists with This Book.

It was announced by a stampede of animals, timid and savage, hurtling past each other; jaguars and pumas flashing by nimble stags of the pampas, bulky tapirs, no longer hunters, themselves hunted, outpacing fleet kinkajous, maddened herds of cattle, heads lowered, nostrils snorting, rushing through tribes of loping monkeys, chattering in a dementia of terror; then followed the creeping and springing denizens of bush and steppe, leinihgen and little rodents, snakes, and lizards.

That’ll allow time for the flood to do the trick. And something outside him seemed to drag him to his feet. Once again they withdrew; once again petrol flowed into the ditch.

When the creature reached the anst bank of the ditch and collapsed opposite Leiningen, he recognized it as a pampas stag, covered over and over with ants. He studied the wide belt of water between them and the plantation, and for a moment almost regretted that the fight had ended so soon and so simply. And every single leaf carried several ants. Oct 07, Shelby Williams rated it really liked it.