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An overpowering wave of laziness and indifference washed me away from this book. Sep 13, Melinda rated it liked it Shelves: british-lit , adventure , real-life-adventures. This is an unusual book. A British journalist joins an elephant team in northeast India Assam as they hunt down a rogue elephant who has killed almost 40 people. The killings seem premeditated, cruel, and grisly.

Could an elephant really be responsible for this type of crime? The author initially believes that there is something corrupt about this, that perhaps this is an excuse for trigger happy hunters to indulge in a blood sport or some such reason. He does indeed find corruption, but it is This is an unusual book. He does indeed find corruption, but it is not because the tale about the elephant is untrue. The elephant hunter actually grew up with elephants and loves them. He does not want to kill the elephant, but when they go bad someone must treat them with dignity even while tracking and killing them.

Who better to do that than someone who loves and respects elephants? The real story is what is happening to India as a country. The story about the elephants is a very convenient and fitting way to do this. Old India is the Asian elephant. Old India is disappearing and dying. Old India is clung to by those who live there, but who care so little about preserving it that they do nothing to help. The most telling quotes come from the Indians themselves. Every day, we pray to animals and Mother India, and even go to Ganesha [the elephant god].

Yet at the same time, we are destroying the very earth that we hold so sacred. But that has become an excuse to do nothing. The fact is, people are selfish and lazy.

Sep 18, Jon rated it really liked it. I have very little interest in India and even less in elephants; but this book got such rave reviews on Goodreads that I decided to give it a try. The official blurb is quite accurate, so I won't repeat it. What is surprising and refreshing here is the novelist's detail--the sights, sounds, smells, textures of India, along with wonderful characterizations done mostly through skillful dialogue.

There is no doubt throughout what is ultimately going to happen, but Hall strings it out with side adve I have very little interest in India and even less in elephants; but this book got such rave reviews on Goodreads that I decided to give it a try. There is no doubt throughout what is ultimately going to happen, but Hall strings it out with side adventures and complications that are endlessly fascinating and feel completely authentic.

It does what the best travel stories do--sets you down in a strange and incomprehensible culture and gradually helps you begin to understand. The chief mahout assures Hall that he is a "Presbyterian, all the way, no? When Hall asks him about it, he replies, "Better to be safer than sorrier, no? I'm looking forward to Hall's first novel--a detective story also set in India. It starts off on the wrong foot, in fact on a lot of wrong feet. There are sentences which go: Bihar is a state in eastern India notorious for its lawlessness, caste wars and dacoits, who regularly hold up trains at gunpoint.

Most of the descriptions are meant to shock and awe a Western audience, even to the point of describing auto-rickshaw rides and having natives do "jigs" whenever they are excited. But where it scores is that it stays true to the actual quest - that of an elephant hunt, where a It starts off on the wrong foot, in fact on a lot of wrong feet. But where it scores is that it stays true to the actual quest - that of an elephant hunt, where a "rogue" elephant that has been killing people regularly has been sentenced to death, and a hunter goes along to kill it.

The hunter is someone deeply versed in elephant lore and is doing it, in his words, because "if not me, someone else might do it.

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And they might do a worse job of it. Jul 20, Ravinder rated it it was amazing Shelves: lib , paperback. I picked up the book from the library without knowing what it would be like to read. Boy, was I surprised. Tarquin writes very well not only on the main topic of the book - the hunt for the rouge elephant, but shares some other insights into the history of North-East India - be it the bravery of the forest guards at Kaziranga, or what the Bodo movement was really about, the Central Government's continued and possibly deliberate lack of interest in developing the region, the history of Kohima and I picked up the book from the library without knowing what it would be like to read.

Tarquin writes very well not only on the main topic of the book - the hunt for the rouge elephant, but shares some other insights into the history of North-East India - be it the bravery of the forest guards at Kaziranga, or what the Bodo movement was really about, the Central Government's continued and possibly deliberate lack of interest in developing the region, the history of Kohima and many more issues.

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The story of the rouge elephant, the mahouts, the history of how elephant were domesticated, and for wild elephants the movement corridors are being taken over by the ever increasing human population of the country is all told very well. A thoroughly enjoyable read Apr 22, Judy rated it it was amazing. Fabulous story of a rogue elephant and the hunt to kill him. Told by a journalist. Exposes the heart of the hunter and how much he truly loves elephants. Culture is northeast India, the people, the land and how the elephant is revered by all.

The relationships between mahouts and their elephants discussed. Also the struggle between farmers and wildlife is touched upon. Very well written. Mar 19, Trish rated it liked it Shelves: adventure , asia , nonfiction , animals. I'd wanted to know who Tarquin Hall was, when I went looking for this book. He'd recently written A Case of the Missing Servant , which I thought was curious, since it appeared to have been written, not by a Asian native, but by a Britisher.

Hall wrote Elephant when he was 23, and that is impressive enough, I guess.

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He did an okay job--though I am vastly interested in elephants, I put this down several times. Hall's habit of injecting himself into the narrative was less endearing than tiresome I'd wanted to know who Tarquin Hall was, when I went looking for this book. Hall's habit of injecting himself into the narrative was less endearing than tiresome, in the end.

He thought the story fascinating, and so it was. Only he isn't. There were some physical descriptions of elephants as a species which I'd never heard, nor considered before--sandpaper skin, coarse curly tail and head hair, etc. There was also a character, Vipal, introduced towards the end of the narractive that was painted with clever skill.

One can just imagine how annoying and useful the man was--a combination that seems to be indipensable in Asia. I am so glad the man who killed the formerly housebred rogue elephant was worthy of his opponent and realized the magnitude of his action. It was a humane death, as they go. Feb 20, Piyali rated it really liked it. No less than a real life suspense thriller, this one. A psychological one at that. The serial killer is a rogue tusker, who primarily targets drunken men and kills them brutally. What are his reasons for this violence? Find out with elephant expert, elephant lover, and occasional hunter Dinesh Choudhury and author Tarquin Hall.

Also meet adorable, endearing characters like Churchill, Chander and other mahouts, who have dedicated their lives to love and care for elephants. Learn about dedicated f No less than a real life suspense thriller, this one. Learn about dedicated forest rangers like Mole and Amu, whose lives' mission is to protect and nurture endangered Asian elephants and rhinos from the poachers. A fantastic read, for sure. Jun 25, Juanita rated it really liked it. The story is interesting, educating, and fascinating.

The author gives a great deal of information on the elephants in India. He starts out relating how mankind misuses and overdevelops a great part of the land that once inhabited the great Asian elephant. As a British journalist he heard of a large angry elephant was being hunted down because the elephant was going into small villages and at that time he had already killed twenty-eight people.

Choudhury, an experience animal hunter that looks into the diagnosis scenario of the situation to determine if the animal has to be put down, killing it, only if needed. Hall went to the area in India to meet with Choudhury and was able to convince him to allow him to be among the group that was headed into the rain forest and jungle to follow the path and pace that the elephant was last seen.

Hall was allowed to go with strict rules he had to follow. Now Hall was headed out to the area of Assam, India. He manages to be accepted into the selected group of mahouts and travels on an elephant for the first time and never stops asking questions.

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He also learns throughout his adventure about the local Indian culture. Hall warms up to Choudhury and he realizes the kind of person he really was, a kind loving, gentle animal person not the beast of a hunter as he thought. This whole situation was serious to the entire group, even Hall himself. The elephant was a huge symbol in India and they were being pushed off their land and the poaching of elephants was also threatening the elephant population. With people like Choudhury, opposed to poaching and the misused land gave the reader a sensitive issue to think about.

When he talked about the hunted elephant Choudhury explains throughout the story how he stalks the elephant to find out why it is killing. He feels his way on the path of the elephant and creates a believing story of why this elephant has turned mean. No one in the group wanted this elephant put down not even Hall. It was so fascinating how Choudhury explained the life of this elephant as if he watched and felt what this animal had gone through. It really is a fascinating true story, it had to be heartfelt by any reader and the adventure that Tarquin Hall describes is intriguing.

The story was a little wordy but the adventure was amazing. Aug 13, Kendra Schaefer rated it it was ok. If you don't frequently read travel books, or if you don't travel, this is probably more like a 3- or 4-star read, but this was such a typical Asia travelogue that I found myself incredibly bored. Amazement at quirky societal differences? Intrepid spur-of-the-moment exploration in rural community? Romanticized villagers? Wondering about the "mysteries of the East"?