This one has been on my "to read" list for a while now, and I am SO VERY glad that I picked it up. Once I picked it up, I did not want to put it down.
Such wonderful writing - and you fall in love with the characters in this real-life story very quickly. I laughed, I cried - very endearing, and paints a mesmerizing picture within each chapter.
So vivid the stories made me feel I was there. I fell in love with the elephants.
This book is well written. I've even copied some quotes to express the disappointment I feel about poachers and trophy hunters. A couple of comments here seem to miss the message that Lawrence Anthony is trying to tell the readers the importance of elephants and how they communicate. I think it's wrong to call it anthropomorphism. Elephants do have the emotions detailed in this book and to discount it simply as instinctual justifies poachers and trophy hunters. His writing made me chuckle and cry. I can feel the passion he has for all wildlife through his words and actions and I can empathize when he rejoices and when he is heartbroken. This is a great book even if you are not interested or know anything about elephants. It will draw you in to become an advocate for wildlife preservation. I highly suggest this book and Daphne Sheldrick's, "An African Love Story." Both books will take your emotions on a roller coaster ride.
For anyone who loves these magnificent animals, this is a MUST read. Beginning with the introduction into Lawrence's protection of Nana and her family, the saga unfolds to show the unbelievable intelligence of these wondrous creatures, and their journey of sharing their gifts with Anthony.
It would be a well-advised book for those in high school to help them learn about the nature of these creatures.
“But perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that there are no walls between humans and the elephants except those we put up ourselves, and that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.”
― Lawrence Anthony
It's interesting but I don't like the anthrophmorphism of animals. Although we like to think of the ones we like as having human feelings, they don't. And we see that in this book.
No doubt, however, that we have to save these beasts. I have experienced elephants in the wild in Africa and it is an amazing and moving experience.
Remarkable story of Lawrence Anthony's endeavor to accept and protect a herd of "rogue" elephants on a South African reserve. The book reads like an adventure novel with unnerving descriptions of close calls, heartbreaking events, trustworthy and not so trustworthy rangers and South African natives.
Wonderful, exciting, adventure of a true life story :)
A telling and wonderful story about the life of elephants and game reserves. I loved this book, as an animal lover and conservationist, I felt this told the true story of the fight to save elephants and all the creatures of the African wild. Read it - use it as a reference if you need one, that we need to change our ways if we are to keep these incredible animals.
Excellent for learning about bush life and tribal culture.
Writing not terribly exciting.
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