Queen of the Elephants

Shand, Mark

Verlag: Jonathan Cape, 1995
ISBN 10: 0224035444 / ISBN 13: 9780224035446
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Inhaltsangabe: The recent stampede by 50 Asian elephants which killed six people and destroyed whole villages, illustrates how the Asian elephant, revered by Hindus as the God of Protection and utilized for thousand of years in service to mankind, is now increasingly feared by the Indian people. The competition for land has put them at odds with each other for survival, forcing the Asian elephant to the brink of extinction. Mark Shand experienced this conflict first-hand when he trekked 300-miles across East Benghal and Assam on the back of an elephant with Parbati Barua, the foremost and only female elephant trainer in all India. During the journey along the elephants' migratory route (from the remote foothills of the Himalayas to the distant Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan) Parbati teaches Mark all she knows about how to ride and care for his elephant. This book describes the experiences shared during this remarkable journey - joining a government 'elephant squad' together with local villages to chase a band of wild elephants off a tea estate; making a stop at Parbati's ancestral home, now a virtual shrine to her father's lifelong work with elephants. The importance of this ancient knowledge becomes clear: if not preserved, the Asian elephant stands an even greater chance of disappearing altogether.

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WINNER OF THE 1992

'TRAVEL WRITER OF THE YEAR' AWARD

The bestselling sequel to Travels On My Elephant, which Eric Newby described as 'a pachydermic triumph' and which became a No.1 bestseller.

'A ripping yarn, told with wit and affection...he is wonderfully evocative. But there is a dark shadow which dominates the story. The Asian elephant is in trouble. Shand's plea for these giant creatures is a cry from the heart of a continent whose last wilderness is being lost, and it is all the more powerful because of his rare understanding of India and her people'

Brian Jackman, The Times

'A rare travel book combining humour, danger, a unique journey with a lovely woman, and an eloquent plea for the pathetically diminished Asian elephant herds'

Mavis Ross, Daily Mail

'So well does Mark Shand write that the account invokes the feelings of any enjoyable quest, anticipation at the outset and a deep regret as the journey's end approaches'

Ian Redmond, Literary Review

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Titel: Queen of the Elephants
Verlag: Jonathan Cape
Erscheinungsdatum: 1995
Einband: Hard Cover
Zustand: Very Good

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Buchbeschreibung Vintage, London, 1996. Paperback. Buchzustand: guter Zustand (etwas geknickt). 12,8 x 19,8 cm 193 Seiten 270 gr. Artikel-Nr. 10936

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