A cross between 'The Terminator', 'Groundhog Day' and 'Day of the Jackal', with a smidgen of Glee thrown in for good measure. But it works - pounded through the 752 pages in 2 days so must have done something pretty well.
An outstanding debut novel that grips and makes you care. One of those that needs to be hauled out of the hidden gem category and to be made compulsory for everyone who loves books and storytelling. Everyone who reads it is smitten and hooray to Oprah for heralding it in the US. Where's the required champion in the UK when you need one?
In order to fall in love with an elephant (forget Dumbo - mumbo jumbo), either: 1. Go to 'the Indies', get as close as you can to being a mahout for a day: ride an elephant, feed it, give it a bath, sit on it and scrub its sides and head. Then sit on its neck while it showers you with its trunk and then gives you a 'blessing'. or 2. Read this book
Don't be alarmed at the imposing proportions of this splendid tome. What is inside is not only appealing but also eminently accessible as the story of several families and neighbours unfolds from the 70's over twenty or more years. Often amusing and occasionally startling, this sashays from Mike Leigh territory to Vikram Seth-like narrative and dialogue. The book amply rewards the reader for the investment of their time with the completion of an epic journey.