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The White Bone (American)

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ISBN13: 9780805060362
ISBN10: 0805060367
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A thrilling journey into the minds of African elephants as they struggle to survive.

If, as many recent nonfiction bestsellers have revealed, animals possess emotions and awareness, they must also have stories. In The White Bone, a novel imagined entirely from the perspective of African elephants, Barbara Gowdy creates a world whole and separate that yet illuminates our own.

For years, young Mud and her family have roamed the high grasses, swamps, and deserts of the sub-Sahara. Now the earth is scorched by drought, and the mutilated bodies of family and friends lie scattered on the ground, shot down by ivory hunters. Nothing-not the once familiar terrain, or the age-old rhythms of life, or even memory itself-seems reliable anymore. Yet a slim prophecy of hope is passed on from water hole to water hole: the sacred white bone of legend will point the elephants toward the Safe Place. And so begins a quest through Africa's vast and perilous plains-until at last the survivors face a decisive trial of loyalty and courage.

In The White Bone, Barbara Gowdy performs a feat of imagination virtually unparalleled in modern fiction. Plunged into an alien landscape, we orient ourselves in elephant time, elephant space, elephant consciousness and begin to feel, as Gowdy puts it, "what it would be like to be that big and gentle, to be that imperiled, and to have that prodigious memory."

About the Author

Barbara Gowdy is the author of five previous books, including Mister Sandman and We So Seldom Look On Love, and she has twice been a finalist for both the Governor General's Award and the Giller Prize. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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busyreading..., April 13, 2008 (view all comments by busyreading...)
This is a story narrated by elephants. With elephant vocabulary and perspectives, we humans are given a beautiful and heart wrenching view into another world. A really wonderful book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805060362
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Gowdy, Barbara
Publisher:
Metropolitan Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Elephants
Subject:
Contemporary
Subject:
African elephant
Subject:
Africa -- Fiction
Subject:
Elephants -- Fiction.
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Publication Date:
19990515
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
330
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.75 x 1.15 in

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