- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd (7 Feb. 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0224026313
- ISBN-13: 978-0224026314
- Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 2.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Travels on My Elephant Hardcover – 7 Feb 1991
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About the Author
Mark Shand has worked at Sotheby's and as a jackaroo in Australia, has competed the London-Sydney motor race and been shipwrecked in the South Pacific. At present he divides his time between London, India and his hime in BAli. He is co-author (with Don McCullin) of Skullduggery, the sotry of a search for the head-hunting tribes of Indoneisa.
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However, as he soon discovers, elephants have a lot of personality, and he quickly falls in love with his. The pleasure of the book is not its travelogue description of the sights and sounds along the way (although these do break things up), but the mischievous antics of the elephant and the discovery of its personality as a loving and lovable creature. Tara, the elephant, displays remarkable intelligence and wit over the course of the journey, although at times Shand does veer into anthropomorphizing her. While he doesn't go deep into the role of the elephant in Indian and Hindu culture, it's clear from his travels that they are widely revered as symbols of Ganesh, as bystanders often often small prayers and alms to Tara.
Shand's own lessons in becoming a "mahoot", one who is versed in the ways of elephants and able to ride/guide one, is an equally fascinating and touching story.Read more ›
Fascinating insight into rural local India by a Brit on the back of an elephant. All you'd want from an travel book and more. Wish it had been me!
All the emotions are covered: humour, sadness, anger etc. It is a very easy book to read and should be included in your book collection if you like elephants or travelogues.
It was decided that the trek would be from Konarak to Sonepur, across Orissa and Bihar.Mr Shand describes the journey expertly, with style and with a tongue in cheek sense of humour. He talks about his growing relationships with his helpers and, more particularly with his elephant Tara. He breaks of where necessary to describe the scenery and ancient buildings and at one point to recount an eerie story about Tara's refusal to cross an ancient battlefield.
His arrival at Sonepur is timed to coincide with the Mela because the Mela in part is an enormous elephant market and he knows he will be able, regrettably but necessarily, to dispose of Tara.
`Travels on my Elephant' was published in 1991.Eric Newby has also written about the Sonepur Mela in `The Land of the Elephants' (a chapter in `Departures and Arrivals' published in 1999). Both reports are vivid and very readable. Perhaps Mr Newby just has the edge in reportage, as he was not in love with his elephant.
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Absolutely loving this book. Can't put it down. Funny, sad, generally entertaining. A great read.Published 2 months ago by Mrs. C. Wales
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I can well recommend this book by Mark Shand. The descriptions of his travels across India are outstanding and his love for Tara the elephant he rescued from a terrible life will... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A light and gently entertaining book about Mark Shand's journey on his elephant Tara through India. Did not totally hold
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An enjoyable travelogue with a twist. As time went by I grew more and more involved with the story and the people (and of course the elephant, with whom Mark Shand was obviously... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer