Leiningen Versus the Ants, a Short Story by Carl Stephenson. 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. Carl Stephenson creates a true monster tale in “Leiningen vs. the Ants,” and he intensifies the experience by writing in third-person omniscient point of view.

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He had thought it impossible for the ants to build rafts for themselves–well, here they were, coming in thousands, more than enough to bridge the ditch. Frantic with pain, he almost plunged into the river. With a curse, he dropped the spade into the ditch; too late, they were already on his body.

With a bound he was over–and among the ants. There is a metaphor in here somewhere. When warned of an approaching cataclysm — a large swarm of ants eating their way through the jungle as an unstoppable force consuming everything in their path — Leiningen refuses to yield like his neighbors:.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

On his way back he stumbles. Leiningen sucked placidly at a cigar about the size of a corncob and for a few seconds gazed without answering at the agitated District Commissioner.

No, there was only one thing for it, he’d have to make the attempt himself; he might just as well be running as sitting still, anyway, when the ants finally got him.

Then he lay down in his hammock and puffed drowsily away at his pipe until a peon came with the report that the ants had been observed far away in the South. It was pretty good.


Because once viewed, the ant scene in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is never forgotten this story becomes required reading for the death by killer ants phobic everywhere! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The planter ordered the man at the wheel first to lower the water in the ditch almost to vanishing point, next to wait a moment, then suddenly to let the river in again.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

tje As the curtain of flames lowered, one could see in place of the illimitable host of ants an extensive vista of water. Dawn found a thoroughly refreshed and active Leiningen riding along the edge of the ditch. Apr 29, bellatuscana bellatuscana rated it it was ok.

Are the ants the Nazis? The thwarted river had swept over the plantation, carrying with it the entire army. He was about to set off, when the old Indian medicine man came up to him; he had a wondrous salve, he said, prepared from a species of chafer whose odor was intolerable to ants.

He fired three revolver shots into the air–the prearranged signal for his men to retreat instantly within the “inner moat.

Leiningen Versus the Ants – Wikipedia

The inundation rose higher and higher: The western section of the ditch ran along the edge of a tamarind wood, and the branches of some great trees reached over the water. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Yet the ants were coming on again as if nothing had happened. As he lay there, with glazing eyes and lacerated face, he appeared a man returned from the leinkngen. He convinces his workers to stay and fight with him. Yes, Leiningen had always known how to grapple with life.

What Point of View Is “Leiningen Vs. the Ants” In?

ajts The ants were climbing the inner bank again-the lurid ring of petrol blazed aloft. Before the advance of that awe-inspiring throng, their belief in the powers of the boss began to steadily dwindle.

Leiningen, at the moment he made that leap through the flames, lost consciousness for the first time in his life. Was there an Indian daring enough after that to run the gauntlet five times as far?

I read this fun piece in the ‘s. Unless the ants were clever enough to build rafts. Already he was running the return journey, knocking ants from his gloves and jacket, brushing them from his bloodied face, squashing them to death under his clothes. Their approach was announced by the wild unrest of the horses, scarcely controllable now either in stall or under rider, vx from afar a vapor instinct with horror. But as the distance began to lessen between the “sons of hell” and the water ditch, they relapsed into silence.

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