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Elephant Songs: The Transcendent Journey of a Reluctant Psychic Paperback – 30 Sep 2017
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About the Author
Michelle Frost was born in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. She is the author of two novels, First Light and Wisdoms of the Light. She won second place in the 2001 Klein Karoo Arts Festival for the short story No More Empty Faces and won second place in the 2010 John Muir Trust Wild Writing competition for Leap of Faith. She has worked as a librarian, commercial artist, astrologer and advice columnist in Africa. Her autobiography, Elephant Songs, is about her mystic experiences as a seer and empath. Michelle now lives in Scotland with her family.
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Michelle's storytelling is gentle and matter-of-fact. There is no dogma on parade or New Age snobbery. I like how she details her own doubts and dilemmas during the process of accepting her experiencing of paranormal phenomena, and how she frames these in a way that fits with her understanding. In some ways this paralleled my journey as her reader. Not all is revealed at the start; explanations surface gradually. There are plenty of twists and turns.
I was left feeling admiration for the author (writing personal memoir requires courage, even without a psychic element!), and a sense of wonderment about life's unknowns.
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I was concerned at first with how Michelle Frost worded this book. It was so unlike the crisp, accurate narrative of her works of fiction. There the stories had a very well developed narrative and finely crafted character studies. In Elephant Songs, the writing was like a friend telling someone her life story. It read as conversational rather than written, it backtracked, it strayed on tangents. After reading a while it occurred to me that her choice was perfection. This book is exactly how a series of conversations, or as it she mentions, e-mails to a friend would read. The result feels like a deeply personal account shared with a confidant. It was devoid of the stiffness of a tightly crafted story line. It FEELS real and deeply personal, a true baring of one's soul.
A fine biographical book is hard to write. A few hundred pages have to hold the essence of one's life experiences. Ideally the writer finds a way to distill down the most pivotal events in one's life in a way that tells more than is written. I deeply enjoyed this narrative because it felt genuine, familiar and believable in spite the challenging task of describing and sharing her amazing experiences. Mysticism and paranormal experiences are not for the faint of heart.
For me, the beginning of the book was a little slow, but I’m glad that I stuck with it because as the story progressed I found it hard to put down. It made a deep impression on me, partially because it supported my own belief that all living beings are connected. I don’t want to reveal too much, but I urge you to read this book through to the end. I’m very glad I did.