250 Word Review: The Elephant Whisperer (Lawrence Anthony)
Summary (From Goodreads.com)
When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of ‘rogue’ elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa, his commonsense told him to refuse. But he was the herd’s last chance of survival – notorious escape artists, they would all be killed if Lawrence wouldn’t take them. He agreed, but before arrangements for the move could be completed the animals broke out again and the matriarch and her baby were shot. The remaining elephants were traumatised, dangerous, and very angry. As soon as they arrived at Thula Thula they started planning their escape…
As Lawrence battled to create a bond with the elephants and save them from execution, he came to realise that they had a lot to teach him about life, loyalty and freedom. Set against the background of life on the reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, this is a delightful book that will appeal to animal lovers everywhere.
Title: The Elephant Whisperer
Author: Lawrence Anthony
Length: 368 Pages
First, I should admit, I’m probably biased! As a Zoology with Conservation student who has an obsession for elephants (particularly African elephants!), I had pretty high hopes for this book!
I’ll be honest – I loved it. Anthony’s relationship with the elephants comes off beautifully, and you really get a sense for the individual personalities of everyone on the reserve – Anthony’s family, the family pets, the elephants and the staff.
If you’re an animal lover or someone with an interest in conservation, I do think you’ll love the book. However, it is based on a true story, so be warned there are some very sad bits!
I debated for a long while whether to give this four or five stars, because although I loved the story, I wasn’t instantly gripped by it. However, I think that was partially because I’ve been reading George R.R. Martin recently (drama in every chapter!) and because I was reading at work, which meant lots of stopping and starting. Eventually I decided the book that will stay with me, and that I’ll buy and re-read it, which pushed it up to a five for me.
Buy it? At £5.19, I’ll definitely be ordering myself a copy!
In a nutshell: Can’t help but get sucked in to this emotional ride