Dersu the Trapper. V. K. Arsen’ev, Author, V. K. Arseniev, Author, Malcolm Burr, Translator McPherson $ (p) ISBN Dersu the Trapper has ratings and 71 reviews. Algernon said: Get out your man card and start punching: go on an expedition to the wildest Siberi. Eighty years ago, in , the eminent Russian explorer V. K. Arseniev published a memoir called Dersu the Trapper. It has been beloved of.

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View all 3 comments. In doing so, he saved their lives many times over.

Dersu Uzala

Incidentally, Siberian tigers seem pretty badass. Apr 15, Bryn Hammond rated it really liked it Shelves: Dersu can tell a lot about the weather from bird behavior. He expresses freely that he feels like a child in Dersu’s hands whenever the taiga turns frightening.


Become a LibraryThing Author. In this Russian counterpart to The Journals of Lewis and Clark and the novels of James Fenimore Cooper, Arseniev combines the precise observations of a naturalist with an exciting narrative of real-life adventure.

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During the survey Arseniev would see signs that some animal populations were being depleted because of over-hunting and trapping. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. Kurosawa trappeg a good job of capturing the more dramatic parts of the story, the ones that translate well into film, but he altered ttrapper meaning sometimes and made up a wife and son for Arseniev, and expanded the section, when Dersu briefly comes to live with Arseniev in Khabarovsk.


The jacket is chipped, and has tears that were tape repaired, and are now stained. Arseniev never spares himself – arguing or disagreeing with Dersu about weather or which route to take – is the ultimate stupidity although he, Arseniev, never does quite come to understand fully the needs and depths of Dersu the man. The charge I feel, reading the descriptions, the sentences; the feeling that courses through me, knowing that I am learning something new, yet something so connected to so much of what I have thought before.

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Mar 23, Katya Reimann rated it it was amazing. Hushour rated it it was amazing. The front cersu remains pretty much intact, however, and this remains a very presentable copy of an important book, in the scarce jacket. He also knew which one to avoid! At one point he and his men meet Dersu, a native of the area, who truly spent his life living off the land.

Durick Oct 15, The meeting of Dersu with modern society of the time era and the resulting interaction is of course an inevitable part of this story.

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Apr 03, Balint Kaman rated it it was amazing. See nothing, savvy nothing. It was speculated that his murderer wanted his new rifle. Arsenyev predicts the desertification of once naturally abundant ecosystems. For other uses, see Dersu Uzala disambiguation.

Vladimir Arsenyev was a military officer, an explorer of the Far East, a scientist, a traveler, and a writer who organized several prospecting expeditions in the Ussurian taiga between and See the other authors section. What an amazing tale about an amazing man and amazing part of this planet. I want to note the unobtrusive personality of the Russian officer, who tells us about the Gold he so admires and not about himself.


Books by Vladimir Arsenyev. Arseniev then wrote a remarkable memoir devoted to the Goldi trapper, Dersu, who saved his and his men’s lives on more than one occasion while showing them the ways of the deep forest. It was cold and we could not get warm.

VG plus, no DJ. Feb 17, Tue rated it liked it Shelves: He became a valued member of the team, even saving Arseniev’s life at one point. There was a revolution inand then the one that “shook the world” in They formed a strong drrsu lasting friendship rooted in Dersu’s profound humanity and generosity, and Arseniev’s deep love and affection for Dersu.

The character of Dersu Uzala is a composite, according to the introduction, yet he is based on real people and is lovingly and beautifully portrayed, leaves a stamp on the imagination and made me want to go camping again!

What makes Biblio different? It was interesting to read about the landscape of that part of the world in a time when Russian, Chinese, and Korean settlers were interacting with I received this book in my book group’s paperback swap and found it to be surprisingly readable, given my general preference for fiction, women writers, and more contemporary titles.