The Elephant Keeper
I asked the sailor what an Elephant looked like; he replied that it was like nothing on earth.In the middle of the 18th century, a ship docks at Bristol with an extraordinary cargo: two young elephants. Bought by a wealthy landowner, they are taken to his estate in the English countryside. A... show more
I asked the sailor what an Elephant looked like; he replied that it was like nothing on earth.In the middle of the 18th century, a ship docks at Bristol with an extraordinary cargo: two young elephants. Bought by a wealthy landowner, they are taken to his estate in the English countryside. A stable boy, Tom Page, is given the task of caring for them.The Elephant Keeper is Tom’s account of his life with the elephants. As the years pass, and as they journey across England, his relationship with the female elephant deepens in a startling manner. Along the way they meet incredulity, distrust and tragedy, and it is only their understanding of each other that keeps them together.Christopher Nicholson’s charming and captivating novel explores notions of sexuality and violence, freedom and captivity, and the nature of story-telling – but most of all it is the study of a profound and remarkable love between an elephant and a human being.
Publish date: August 4th 2009
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages no: 298
Edition language: English
A curious book. Would not be something I normally read but the title and back cover blurb caught my attention - most likely because of the time period the story is set. I was intrigued by the relationship formed between Jenny and her keeper. Appreciated the realism of eighteen-hundred setting of Eng...
Christopher Nicolson's story about power and violence, and the remarkable love between a boy and an elephant10 episodesblurbs - In this adaptation of Christopher Nicolson's vivid and dramatic novel, the central story is about the relationship between a boy and an elephant. But this is no whimsical l...
I seemed to fall into a little bit of a rut with elephant books in September. As a young boy Tom Page becomes “the elephant keeper” when two nearly dead Indian elephants are off loaded from a ship in Bristol England. In the late 18th century not a lot was known about elephants in England and Tom P...
I enjoyed this sweet story about a man and the elephant he loves, but there wasn't much of a plot, just a lot of rumination on the intense relationship that some people have with animals and the evils that other humans can achieve. Animal lovers will likely enjoy this one.