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ELEPHANT MOON [Kindle Edition]

John Sweeney
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'If you were to relocate Michael Morpurgo's War Horse to Burma in the Second World War, with elephants taking the sentimental role from the horses, you might end up with something like Elephant Moon by John Sweeney. It is a tender and loving tribute to 'Nature's great masterpiece... The only harmless great thing', as John Donne described the elephant, as well as an insight into one of the forgotten battlegrounds of the war.' LITERARY REVIEW 'This novel is based on a little-known true story of the Second World War when a herd of 53 elephants was used by a young English schoolteacher to rescue a band of orphans in Burma and transport them to the safety of India. Their incredible journey is filled with adventure, tragedy and love, as you might expect. But, most thrilling of all is the emergence of the elephants as real characters with distinct personalities. This is not done in a sentimental Jungle Book kind of way. Rather, it is true to Darwin's description of these creatures as being possessed of many of the same senses as humans, including the capacity for jealousy, suspicion and revenge. The author - who is also an award-winning Panorama reporter - takes advantage of this phenomenon and scores a bull's-eye with an excellent and ingenious plot.' DAILY MAIL 'A deftly realised on-the-road novel alive with the horrors of war.' YORKSHIRE EVENING POST


As the Second World War rages, the Japanese Imperial Army enters Burma and the British rulers prepare to flee. But the human legacy of the British Empire will be left behind in the shape of sixty-two Anglo-Burmese children, born to local women after affairs with foreign men. Half-castes, they are not acknowledged by either side and they are to be abandoned with no one to protect them. Their teacher, Grace Collins, a young Englishwoman, refuses to join the European evacuation and instead sets out to deliver the orphans to the safety of India. She faces impossible odds because between her and India lie one thousand miles of jungle, mountains, rivers and the constant, unseen threat of the Japanese. With Japanese soldiers chasing them down, the group s chances of survival shrink - until they come across a herd of fifty-three elephants who, with their awesome strength and kindness, quickly become the orphans only hope of survival. Based on a true story, Elephant Moon is an unforgettable epic tale of courage and compassion in the midst of brutality and destruction.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 425 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 232 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1909269107
  • Verlag: Silvertail Books (28. März 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00C2UORQ4
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.3 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #49.114 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful Elephants 13. April 2015
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At the hands of a gifted novelist this could have been a 5-star read because of the captivating premise.

As it is, the lovingly portrayed elephants and some brilliant descriptions of scenery are the only saving graces of this story. Without Mother and Oomy the book would have lost another star.

What makes it so mediocre are the human protagonists who are cleanly divided into a lot of noble goodies and one evil baddy and the stereotypes are all there : the plucky, stunningly beautiful, golden-haired, blue-eyed young teacher that no man can resist, the dashing, tiger-eyed, mysterious Jemadar with a dark secret, the old spinster headmistress of the orphanage, the boring and pompous British colonel, the slightly ridiculous, awkward lieutenant who turns into a hero, etc. etc. etc. The dialogues are often terrible, there are some cringeworthy romantic scenes, some wild coincidences and the last chapters are predictable and ridiculous, pure Hollywood !!

(Also, from all I’ve read about the British raj, I find the degree of familiarity which Grace and the Jemadar share from the first highly implausible.)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr schönes Buch 25. Mai 2014
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sehr ergreifend, informativ und spannend bis zum Schluss! Habe es in drei Tagen durchgelesen, weil ich einfach in jeder freien Minute weiterlesen musste....
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Schwach geschrieben 25. Dezember 2013
Von knaan
Format:Kindle Edition
Eigentlich ist die Geschichte nicht uninteressant, aber sie ist an vielen Stellen so schlecht erzählt, dass ich nach einem Drittel aufgegeben habe.
Oft werden einem die Geschehnisse hingeworfen, wie einem Hund ein Brocken zum Fressen. Die inneren Beweggründe der Handelnden bleiben einem weitestgehend verborgen.
Werde es aus meiner Bibliothek entfernen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A tragic, but beautiful novel, based on a true account 16. Oktober 2012
Von Boeklover - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When Wold War II breaks out no one is rescuing the children of the orphanage in Rangoon, Burma. The 62 Anglo-Burmese children aren't wanted by the British nor by the Burmese, so they are left with their teacher, Grace Collins, while the others flee.
As the threat of the Japanese grows stronger, Grace decides to deliver the children to the safety of India herself. Their journey starts in an old school bus, but soon they end up in the jungle with nothing left and no help from others.
Just as Grace starts despairing a group of elephants and men appear. They are willing to take the orphans to India. But will they make it?

I love reading historical novels and one of my favourite subjects is WWII. Not just the ordinary soldier stories, but the more special ones, about people and what they do to survive, so it's logical I was immediately attracted to this novel.

And I wasn't disappointed. I loved Grace and the way she tried to save the children. It was also nice to read about the children, but I had the feeling that Sweeney only `knows' a few of them. About five children are actively taking part in the story, but the others aren't mentioned once, not even a name. They are always addressed as `the children' of `the group'.

The elephant men are fantastic. They give you such a warm feeling! I would like to have seen them for real. It's such an unreal situation, but in fact it's based on a true account, but unfortunately one that didn't end well.

Of course I can't image what it would have been like if I were there, but this novel gives you an idea of the jungle, its secrets and the fear you have if someone is chasing you down.
If you are looking for a road (or better an elephant) novel, then this is what you should read!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Recommanded 27. August 2014
Von Anne O. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The first chapters are exceptionally well crafted, depicting the situation of the main character and her environment in both a sensitive and humorous way. I thought in turns of Graham Greene and John Le Carré, or even "African Queen" (the novel). There were later shifts in point of view which felt a bit clumsy, a saccharine romance à la "English Patient" and a vaudeville villain whose subplot I thought added only an embarrassment of grit to a situation already fraught with tension. I mean, if you are trying to escape the advancing Japanese army with a convoy of orphans through a hostile jungle, you have action enough without needing to pick Jack the Ripper on the way
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a great read!! 2. September 2014
Von Jane Allan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Really very well written. A fantastic story, based on facts and believable, strong characters. Looking forward to his next book.
4.0 von 5 Sternen A promise, almost fulfilled 13. November 2015
Von Céline La Frenière - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Elephant Moon has all the elements of being a winner. This is a story based (loosely) on real WWII historical events, in Burma, a country, which is very much in the news these days. It deals with refugees on the run, which is also a topical subject. The cast of characters include, inter alia, some 60 Anglo-Burmese children needing to be evacuated during a Japanese invasion and more importantly, a cast of magnificent elephants who mercifully appear half way through the story to assist with the rescue mission.

Sadly, however, this promising novel is let down somewhat, in my opinion, by a disappointing leading character. Grace Collins, the Englishwoman who teaches at the orphanage in Rangoon undertakes the task of evacuating her pupils across the jungle to the safety of India. This, in itself, should indicate that Miss Collins is a dedicated and brave person. And that would have been so had she not behaved like an overgrown teenager for the best part of the story. Her lack of wisdom and intelligence in handling extremely sensitive matters only serves to put her and her charges in grave danger. Her ineptitude applies to her relationship with men too. The fact that she is attractive and apparently makes men lose their heads is no consolation. Beauty without brains can be irritating.The chaos of war cannot be the excuse for every misjudgement on the journey.

Be that as it may, I would recommend this book for its other virtues. Being a journalist, John Sweeney is adept at introducing the historical context and describing the horrors of war. He is also a storyteller of ability.
2.0 von 5 Sternen Complete Lack of Character Credibility 17. Dezember 2014
Von Sombrio - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading about a quarter of this book, I've just finished giving it to a charity shop and regret having wasted my money and time buying it. If you read through the one and two star ratings on this site you'll find the same sentiments as I felt, simply expressed in different form : Poorly developed and impossible-to-believe characters, wooden plot development, a flat, emotionless delivery, etc. The review that particularly resonated for me was written by a gentleman who was actually in Burma at the time. Based on his experiences there, he deplores the author's slip-shod use of modern jargon and his two-dimensional characterisation of all the Brits who were there as being simply a collection of shallow, empty-headed racists.

My feeling is that the author wrote this book as a personal crusade to right, (and then re-write), what he feels were wrong British actions done during that brief period of history when much of the world had been portioned up into the empires of six European countries. Unfortunately, as I read along in this book I kept feeling more and more the way I do whenever a Jehovah's Witness or a Mormon pitches up on my doorstep and starts trying to sell me their particular package of beliefs. Probably it's always difficult for any person caught up in a zealot's crusade to step back and see how their spiel actually appears to others who don't necessarily share the same viewpoint. At least, that certainly appears to be the case for this particular author.
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