The Elephant Keeper

The Elephant Keeper

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"I asked the sailor what an Elephant looked like; he replied that it was like nothing on earth." "England, 1766: " After a long voyage from the East Indies, a ship docks in Bristol, England, and rumor quickly spreads about its unusual cargo--some say a mermaid is on board. A crowd forms, hoping to catch a glimpse of the magical creature. One crate after another is unpacked: a zebra, a leopard, and a baboon. There's no mermaid, but in the final two crates is something almost as magical--a pair of young elephants, in poor health but alive. Seeing a unique opportunity, a wealthy sugar merchant purchases the elephants for his country estate and turns their care over to a young stable boy, Tom Page. Tom's family has long cared for horses, but an elephant is something different altogether. It takes time for Tom and the elephants to understand one another, but to the surprise of everyone on the estate, a remarkable bond is formed. "The Elephant Keeper," the story of Tom and the elephants, in Tom's own words, moves from the green fields and woods of the English countryside to the dark streets and alleys of late-eighteenth-century London, reflecting both the beauty and the violence of the age. Nicholson's lush writing and deft storytelling complement a captivating tale of love and loyalty between one man and the two elephants that change the lives of all who meet them.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 476.27g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0061651605
  • 9780061651601
  • 2,129,283

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Endearing...Like the elephant at its centre, Nicholson s book is gentle, profound and sweet-natured. --The Guardian
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