“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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Jun 08, Scott rated it liked it Shelves: Trivia About Leiningen Versus Many thousands were already drowning in the sluggish creeping flow, but they were followed by troop after troop, who clambered over their sinking comrades, and then themselves served as dying bridges to the reserves hurrying on in their rear.

But instead of eating the leaves there and then, they were merely gnawing through the stalks, so that a thick green shower fell steadily to the ground. The air rang with the curses of bitten Indians. Even as Macbeth watched the approach of Birnam Wood in the hands of his enemies, Leiningen saw amts tamarind wood move nearer and nearer in the mandibles of the ants.

A short but detailed adventure story by German author Carl Stephenson centring on a gutsy and spirited plantation owner in Brazilian rainforest called Leiningen. Ditch or no ditch, we’ll get to your flesh! Too bad if you’d missed the rest of the show, eh?

Leiningen Versus the Ants–Carl Stephenson ()

With a hysterical shout of joy, the peons feverishly intensified their bombardment of earth clods and sand. He ordered his men to camp along the bank overnight.


Would the creatures never learn that their self-sacrifice was utterly senseless?

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. A second peon was dispatched to the outhouses to bring spades and petrol sprinklers. Aants not creatures you can fight–they’re an elemental–an ‘act of God!

Leiningen Versus the Ants

The ants were climbing the inner bank again-the lurid ring of petrol blazed aloft. It was with a contented mind that he finally betook himself to bed where he slept deeply until dawn, undisturbed by any lfiningen that next day little more might be left of him than a glistening skeleton. While that will flood his plantation and destroy the crops, the people will live.

Now that the ants were for the time being out of sight, and the “wall of petrol” gave a stronger feeling of security, hungry stomachs began to assert their claims. 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.

The Leininen Press, pp. So its waters would not only be forced to inundate into the plantation, they would also be held there by the breakwater until they rose to its own high level.

Since the petrol, unlike the water in the outer ditch, was perfectly still, the refuse stayed where it was thrown. Had it not been for the awe in which they held the boss, they would infallibly have carried him shoulder high.

Leiningen Versus the Ants by Carl Stephenson

The final triumph of Leiningen demonstrates that industrious, courageous “humans” can overcome the savage horde, even if they end up a little “streamlined” in the process. Unless the ants were clever vrrsus to build rafts. And every single one of them a fiend from hell; before you can spit three times they’ll eat a full-grown buffalo to the bones.


Entire clumps of huddling insects began to roll down the opposite bank into the water. And near the farther mouth of the water ditch, where the stone mole had its second gap, the ocean swept the lost battalions into the river, to vanish forever. This spectacular and instant repulse threw the Indians into ecstasy.

It’s a good story all the same, though. Occhi Aperti rated it liked it Leinkngen 14, All the same, he was forced to admit to himself that the yhe was far more ominous than that of the day before.

After having taken all the precautions he deemed necessary, the farmer ate his supper with considerable appetite and went to bed. I was interested in the way it had been changed for the screen. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. He galloped tthe, leaning from his saddle and yelling orders as he rushed past outpost after anta Shoals of ants were being carried away by the current into the middle of the ditch, where gradually they broke asunder and then, exhausted by their struggles, vanished below the surface.

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