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  • Hardback | 174 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 716.67g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • French
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Ill.
  • 019277039X
  • 9780192770394

Review Text

When Rene Guillot attributes language and emotions to his animals, we may still regard his treatment as realistic for his unusual sensitivity to the creatures of the wild makes him a most reliable interpreter. The elephant prince Sama knew the hazards of the bush from birth. Across the land of the hippopotamus and the lion and the treacherous black man, he travels with his herd, witnessing the coup by the stronger elephant Tarkwada, and the death of his beloved friend Ball, meeting storm and fire and jungle battle. His perfect years are spent in specialized captivity with the white man Marlow who could understand the language of animals. His second stint in captivity, poignantly depicted, cruelly sees Sama taken across the seas to the circus of Marseilles; but taming cannot destroy the soul of the wild. Marlow perceptively retrieves Sama from near-tragedy and sends him back to the bush, a free fierce creature. Compelling and convincing elements devoid of sentimentality distinguish this work. (Kirkus Reviews)show more