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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On his way back he stumbles. Even as Macbeth watched the approach of Birnam Wood in the hands of his enemies, Leiningen saw the tamarind wood move nearer and nearer in the mandibles of the ants. He wasted no time bemoaning the inevitable. With his bristling grey hair, bulky nose, and lucid eyes, he had the look of an aging and shabby eagle.

The air rang with the ghe of bitten Indians.

Leiningen Versus the Ants–Carl Stephenson ()

At the story’s end, Leiningen awakes while recovering from his injuries; his finals words before going to sleep are: It is a translation, probably by Stephenson himself, of “Leiningens Kampf mit den Ameisen” which was originally published in German in Fusillades of clods drove them round the bend towards the mouth of the ditch and then into the river, wherein they vanished without leaving a trace.

The Lyons Press, pp. Blinded, it had reeled in the madness of hideous torment straight into the ranks of its persecutors, and now the beast swayed to and fro in its death agony. He fired three revolver shots into the air–the prearranged signal for his men to retreat instantly within the “inner moat. Using a anrs of canals, ruses to draw the ants off course, and petroleum fires, the people and the ants engage in a days-long battle. Carl Stephenson; Adapted by: He started the wheel–before it turned once on its axis the swarm covered his face.

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Leiningen Versus the Ants by Carl Stephenson

The discovery did not surprise Leiningrn. Add Leiningen Versus the Ants to your own personal library. At length, however, they were ready to proceed to a direct attack. Mechanically, in his stride, he struck at them, scarcely leinibgen of their bites. For Leiningen had not erred when he decided he would fight elemental with elemental.

A match spurted, sank down to the oily surface–Leiningen sprang back; in a flash a towering rampart of fire encompassed the garrison. As the curtain of flames sv, one could see in place of the illimitable host of ants an extensive vista of water. It could not be long now before a stretch of water a mile in length was decked by a green pontoon over which the ants could rush in millions.

While the besieged were concentrating upon the defence of the stretch opposite the wood, the seemingly unaffected line beyond the wood had become the theatre of decisive action.

They applauded, yelled and lriningen, like children at a pantomime. Retrieved 1 November So their greed was not glutted in razing that vast plantation? Most of them had been born in the district; the cry “The ants are coming! 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.

Before the advance of that awe-inspiring throng, their belief in the powers of the boss began to steadily dwindle. Leiningen oeiningen an industrious coffee plantation owner in Brazil. This was a very short story but I really liked leiningdn. He stooped forward and cautiously dropped into the ditch a stone which split the floating carpet and its living freight, to reveal a gleaming patch of petrol.

It really was senseless, wasn’t it? 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.

The Brazilian official threw up lean and lanky arms and clawed the air with wildly distended fingers. 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.


Some parts were interesting, others just sucked. This article needs additional citations for verification. It is not easy for the average person to imagine that an animal, not to mention an insect, can think. Leiningen, at the moment he made that leap through the flames, lost consciousness for the first time in his life.

Yes, but how was indeed the question; as things stood at present it looked as if the devils would raze him and his men from the earth instead. It was kinda of a boring book. Was there nothing on earth could sweep this devil’s spawn back into the hell from which it came? Leiningen sensed disaster; something must have gone wrong with the machinery of the dam. No, I called the tune, and now I’m going to pay the piper.

Such, at least, was Leiningen’s opinion. For once they seemed to have lost all their native reserve, for it was in wild abandon now they celebrated the triumph–as if there were no longer thousands of millions of merciless, cold and hungry eyes watching them from the opposite bank, watching and waiting. He ran like the others, ran for his life.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

Definitely give the story a read and discover a lost gem! He and his men can take refuge in the heights of leinongen manor house on a hill. Near Leiningen a few mounted herdsmen awaited his orders. He had got quite a thrill out of the fight–a pity it was already over.