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The story is entertaining and filled with interesting facts and anecdotes about elephants and the mahouts who handle them. It perhaps foreshadows O'Brian's later writing, but the similarity ends there. It's a long, involved, whopping good tale. The wonder is that it was one of his earliest books, the first fiction published by the centuries old Oxford Press, and the fact that he never set foot in India before he wrote the book. Read it for the story, it's worth it. Read it also for a glimpse into the early development of the craft of a writer.
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This is a tale--in the true storyteller's tradition. It is full of adventure, coincidence,
fierce passion, strange and wonderful beasts,
narrow escapes and clever tricks.
The narration is what one always gets from John Lee, superb voicing and perfect diction.
This book is a lot of fun to listen to, and
reminiscent of an earlier time, when novels were meant to be sheer entertainment.