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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But I’m reading it for school in the fallso i have no choice: Now that angs had completed his task, he felt the smart raging over his flesh from the bites of sawing and piercing insects. For me there was too many words I didnt know that made it hard to stay into. Then all at once he saw, starkly clear and huge, and, right before his eyes, furred with ants, towering and swaying in its death agony, the pampas stag.

Unlike his neighbours, Leiningen is not about to give up years of hard work and planning to “an act of God”, as he believes in the superiority of the vvs brain and has already made preparations. Alexis Justine rated it liked it Jul 30, Jan 09, Amy Other Amy rated it liked it Shelves: And now, exhausted and half-numbed, they were in no condition to ascend the bank. Finally, he made a careful inspection of the “inner moat”–a smaller ditch lined with concrete, which extended around the hill on which stood the ranch house, barns, stables and other buildings.

The besiegers sensed the peril of swimming it, and made no move to plunge blindly over its brink. To ask other readers questions about Leiningen Versus the Antsplease sign up. He did not need to be told that ants are intelligent, that certain tbe even use others as milch cows, watchdogs and slaves.

After days of hard fighting, the ants breach the last defenses, and all seems lost.

Even as it was, it could hardly be described as rosy, though the planter seemed quite unaware that death in a gruesome form was drawing closer and closer. In the comforting, 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.


But the ends of the “horseshoe” ran into the river which formed the northern boundary, and fourth side, of the plantation. Leiningen then remembered the paralyzing effect of ants’ venom, and the Indian gave him a gourd full of the medicine he had administered to the bitten peon at the water ditch.

I remember some parts made me uncomfortable the main guy was rather proud? The water had collected and mounted in the great “saucer,” while the ants had in vain attempted to reach the hill on which stood the ranch house.

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

Blinded, it had reeled in the wnts of hideous torment straight into the ranks of its persecutors, and now the beast swayed to and fro in its death agony. Books by Carl Stephenson. So they squatted listlessly along the bank of the ditch and waited for keiningen sign from the boss. At length, two of the men’s nerves broke: Austrian-German author and publisher, not to be confused with the American historian Carl Stephenson Soon the trees, shrubs and beds for miles around were hulled with ants zealously gobbling the yield of long weary months of strenuous toil.

They carried him into the ranch house. Would the creatures never learn that their self-sacrifice was utterly senseless? Leinnigen short but detailed adventure story by German author Carl Stephenson centring on a gutsy and spirited plantation owner in Brazilian rainforest called Leiningen. Eventually, the ants breach that line of defence and the men retreat behind a second moat, this time filled with petrol.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

At the story’s end, Leiningen awakes while recovering from his injuries; his finals words before going to sleep are: The green fleet nearly reached the bed and the troops on the far bank swarmed down the slope to it.


Definitely give the stor I remember hearing about this story from someone, and managed to track leuningen a copy as part of an anthology of suspenseful stories. Slowly and listlessly, from all sides of the trench, the leniingen began to shuffle towards him, the apathy of death already stamped on their faces. With a bound he was over–and among the ants. Leiningen lay on his bed, his body swathed from head to foot in bandages. The climax of the story occurs on the return journey when he is knocked down by the ants and almost devoured.

He has built his farm up through hard work and ingenuity. The women and children, then the herds of cattle, were escorted by peons on rafts over the river, to remain on the other side in absolute safety until the plunderers had departed.

What Point of View Is “Leiningen Vs. the Ants” In? | Education – Seattle PI

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. As he lay there, with glazing eyes and lacerated face, he appeared a man returned from the grave. Timothy Watson ; Rica: View all 5 comments.

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. I read this fun piece in the ‘s. Along a front that moved forward as uniformly as a straight line, the ants drew nearer and nearer to the water ditch. During the entire offensive, the planter sat peacefully, watching them with interest, but not stirring a muscle.

The damming of the river was controlled by a wheel on its bank.

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