The Elephant Keeper
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The Elephant Keeper

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"Intensely moving. [An] exceptional novel."
--Boston Globe



A poignant and magical story set in eighteenth-century England, The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson is the tale of two baby elephants and the young man who accidentally finds himself their guardian. Every reader who was enchanted by Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants or enthralled by When Elephants Weep will adore Nicholson's The Elephant Keeper--a masterful blending of historical novel, coming-of-age tale, animal adventure, and love story.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 298 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 17.78mm | 136.08g
  • William Morrow & Company
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061651613
  • 9780061651618
  • 936,751

Review quote

THE ELEPHANT KEEPER is a strange tour of late 18th-century England, a natural history of elephants and the story of a most unusual friendship, all told with a touch of the otherworldly elegance and wit of Babar. --Washington Post"
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Back cover copy

England, 1766: After a long voyage from the East Indies, a ship docks in Bristol, England, and rumor quickly spreads about its unusual cargo. In the final two crates is 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. It takes time for Tom and the elephants to understand each other, but to the surprise of everyone on the estate, a remarkable bond is formed.

The Elephant Keeper is a captivating tale of love and loyalty between one man and the two exotic animals that change the lives of everyone who encounters them.
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Rating details

2,368 ratings
3.42 out of 5 stars
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4 34% (799)
3 35% (838)
2 14% (333)
1 3% (64)
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