"It is extremely funny. Old Saramago writes with a masterfully light hand, and the humour is tender, a mockery so tempered by patience and pity that the sting is gone though the wit remains vital... a series of contained miracles of absurdity, quiet laughter rising out of a profound, resigned, affectionate wisdom" (Ursula K Le Guin Guardian
"The novel has a charming fairy tale quality, with its kings and courtiers, it pachyderm protagonist and his mysterious mahout: this is amoung the most charming of Saramago's works" (Michael Kerrigan Times Literary Supplement
"The Elephant's Journey
is well worth picking up" (Syndicated review to local papers
"José Saramango wrote his final book with great panache" (Margaret Reynolds The Times
"Saramago enjoys filling out the details with improvisatory skill and imagination" (John Spurling Sunday Times
Nobel prizewinner Saramago always has something new up his sleeve: this time he has written a delightful historical fable about an Indian elephant called Solomon, who, in obedience to the absurd caprice of a sixteenth-century monarch, travels from Lisbon to Vienna to become a wedding gift for an emperor.