WHY I read this: Selected for April’s Book Club Choice. WHERE did I get it? Library; in hardback.
FIRST SENTENCE: It was six days ago that Lord Bidborough, accompanied by another gentleman, came to the Elephant House and, after making the usual inquiries about my charge, who was, at that moment, quietly eating hay, asked whether it was true that, as he had heard, I was able to read.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: This is a story set in mid-1700s England of how a caretaker for an elephant took care of his elephant.
WHAT I LIKED: I enjoyed learning about the elephant Jenny. She was cool. It was a fast read.
WHAT I didn’t: I felt the story lacked depth.
I was a bit confused at the epilogue where the author discusses looking at elephant bones from the 1700s that are maintained in some archive in London and his wondering how Jenny may have died. Was this a fictionalized story extrapolated from found facts somewhere? I missed something.
RATING: Two slices of pie. (goodreads.com TWO STARS = “It was OK.”)
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