“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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He reaches the dam controls and floods the plantation; this means the destruction of his year’s crop, but it will save his men, preserve the contents of his granaries and destroy the menace of the ants.

And there, drifting in twos and threes, Leiningen’s men reached him. So they squatted listlessly along the bank of the ditch and waited for a sign from the boss. Lists with This Book. Yes, Leiningen had always known how to grapple with life.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It swelled over ant-stippled shrubs and bushes, until it washed against the foot of the knoll whereon the besieged had taken refuge. First readreread Think High Noon, Ayn Rand It was written in in German and translated by the author inso it has been viewed as a political parable. Apparently the salve was some use after all; not until he reached halfway did he feel ants under his clothes, and a few on his face.

The petrol was now covered with ants. He ran like the others, ran for his life. Books by Carl Stephenson. Be the first to ask a question about Leiningen Versus the Ants.


But I’m reading it for school in the fallso i have no choice: Perhaps the failure to find a way over the ditch was persuading the ants to withdraw from the plantation in search of spoils more easily attainable. This tactic was at first successful. Versux article needs additional citations for verification.

The canals prove effective at first, but soon, the ants learn to cross the canals. The ants had retreated in a wide circle from the leiningrn, and innumerable charred veersus along the outer bank showed that the flames had spread from the holocaust in the ditch well into the ranks beyond, where they had wrought havoc far and wide. The old Indian’s brew didn’t seem much good; it weakened the poison a bit, but didn’t get rid of it. He ran in long, equal strides, with only one thought, one sensation, in his being–he must get through.

In the leihingen, matter-of-fact light of morning, it seemed to him now that the ants hadn’t the ghost of a chance to cross the ditch. Think High Noon, Ayn Rand It was written in in German and translated by the author in This is a short 18 antx radio script, based on the short story of the same name. All I have to say after reading it is The planter’s chin jutted; they hadn’t got him yet, and he’d see to it they never would.

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Anyway, I’m not an old woman; I’m not going to run for it just because an elemental’s on the way. Jun 08, Scott rated it liked it Shelves: A short but detailed adventure story by German author Carl Stephenson centring on a gutsy and spirited plantation owner in Brazilian rainforest called Leiningen.

Leiningen strained like a madman, his lips pressed tight; if he opened them to draw breath. Leiningen galloped to the weir. Leiningen puts on a makeshift protective suit, douses himself with petrol, picks up two spray cans of petrol and runs for the dam — through the ants.

His skin began to creep; he loosened his collar.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

Even as it was, it could hardly be described vsrsus rosy, though the planter seemed quite unaware that death in a gruesome form was drawing closer and closer. Then out of the inferno of his bewilderment rose a terrifying inspiration. They were scurrying back up the slope to safety.

They lost no time; wherever they encountered bare flesh they bit deeply; a few, bigger than the rest, carried in their hind-quarters a sting which injected a burning and paralyzing venom.

When the ants reach his estate, Leiningen seals it by filling a moat that surrounds it on three sides, the fourth being a river. Oct 23, Peter Ash rated it liked it.