Elephant Song

Elephant Song

by Wilbur Smith

an emotional stampede.' The Daily Mail

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.95
  • Pages: 480
  • Publish Date: May 31st 1995 by Fawcett
  • Isbn10: 0449221032
  • Isbn13: 9780449221037

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As a welcoming ceremony for entering a new literary dimension I leaved through the authors Standalone novel, i.e., novel that doesn't form a part of any of his other series...Elephant Song......and I was pleasantly surprised. So far I have only read a few literary works, young adult, paranormal, fantasy, detection, sci-fi and few more so coming across Elephant Song felt as a coming-of-age novel, as the book focuses on the reality of life and had a much more of adult content than what I had previously read. Together, Armstrong and Kinnear forge a passionate alliance - and begin the fight against the forces of greed, evil and corruption attacking a land they both would give their lives to save........Combining breathtaking realism and thrilling suspense, the world's master storyteller takes us on a journey deep into the heart of a wild, magnificent continent, threatened forever by the destructive hand of man. The author takes us on a journey through his pen into the heart of the Africa, its jungles and towards all the hardships faced by its people on a day to day life but it is also a novel that points us to the increasing imbalance in nature resulting from not only economic gains but also by greed. Wilbur Smith through the medium of this book has defended the hunting of elephants and the controlled sale of game products - including ivory - as the only way to save Africa's wildlife. Writing in the an issue of African Safari Magazine, Smith plunges into the controversy over ivory sales which has pitted government, animal rights activists and conservationists against each other worldwide. He says people will protect the animals if it can be shown that they will benefit from the money earned from hunting or sales of wildlife products. As to the characters of the story - it is clear that Dr Daniel Armstrong is the protagonist, so he gets a much more page time (can't write screen time because we are reviewing a book).

It had been many years since I last read one of his books, but in the past few months have found myself exploring them once more. Wilbur Smith is one of my mothers favourite authors, and as she has been in and out of hospital over the past 6 months, I had given her a Kindle so she would have something to read while she was in there. Mr. Smith has a great knack for writing a great suspenseful and exciting read, and even though my tastes have evolved as I have gotten older, I still really enjoyed revisiting this book/series.

It was the sexual gratification the Cheng felt after seeing Nozu with his brains blown out that made me raise my eyebrows and question if I really could continute to read this book. I notice that many people like this novel, though so i'll put it down to a difference in opinion.

It was the first Wilbur Smith book for me.

He succeeds yet again in this highly important story about effects of the brutal deforestation in Africa. The book transports the continent to the reader's living room with all of it's sounds, smells and scenery. Looking at the number of pages, I feel that the middle portion of the book probably could've condensed a bit to give that extra space to the ending parts.

His other books include Those in Peril, River God, Warlock, The Seventh Scroll, and The Sunbird.