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    Description

    A delightful, witty tale of friendship and adventure from prize-winning novelist Jose Saramago.

    In 1551, King Joo III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present: an elephant named Solomon. In Jose Saramago's remarkable and imaginative retelling, Solomon and his keeper, Subhro, begin in dismal conditions, forgotten in a corner of the palace grounds.

    When it occurs to the king and queen that an elephant would be an appropriate wedding gift, everyone rushes to get them ready: Subhro is given two new suits of clothes and Solomon a long overdue scrub. Accompanied by the Archduke, his new wife, and the royal guard, these unlikely heroes traverse a continent riven by the Reformation and civil wars, witnessed along the way by scholars, historians, and wide-eyed ordinary people as they make their way through the storied cities of northern Italy; they brave the Alps and the terrifying Isarco and Brenner Passes; across the Mediterranean Sea and up the Inn River; and at last, toward their grand entry into the imperial city.

    ©2008 Jose Saramago (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

    Commentaires

    "It would be hard to more highly recommend a novel to be downed in a single draft…Simply, this books flows, and keeps on flowing." ( The New York Times)
    "His most optimistic, playful, humorous and magical book, a grace note written near the end of his life...The Elephant's Journey is a tale rich in irony and empathy, regularly interrupted by witty reflections on human nature and arch commentary on the powerful who insult human dignity." ( Los Angeles Times)
    "A picaresque romp that gleefully skewers the benighted souls clinging to outmoded worldviews while breathtaking new realities unfold right in front of them." ( Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

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    • Josh Mann
    • 04/11/2020

    Brilliant Writing

    I am a little biased because Saramago is my favorite writer. The writing style is absolutely genius. There are also so many literary gems in here: metaphors, analogies, poetic beauty, and wise parables and sayings. The satirical element is quite effective with very clever comedic wordplay. The characters are quite rich and you have to love the elephant himself. My only criticism is it’s a little anticlimactic and could use some more suspense or pivotal moments. Highly recommend but just to war, it is a challenging read. The wonderful narrator brought this story to life.

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    • Bibliophile1963
    • 17/01/2017

    Very Portuguese

    There's something quintessentially Portuguese about this novel. It's something about the gentle humor, the deep wisdom, the kind acceptance of human nature. There's also a sense of absurd frivolity, rather like some of Lisbon's fanciful architecture. Somehow the author manages to write with bold childlike innocence and the wisdom of the ages. What's more amazing is that he did so while telling of a true historical event. It left me in tears but also in touch with my inner child.

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    • Robin Wardle
    • 31/07/2016

    Delightful Tale

    The Elephant's Journey is fascinating, humorous, and quite enjoyable. I particularly liked the reader's interpretation.

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    • Linda Elmquist
    • 25/03/2022

    suleiman the magnificent another great elephant

    i had a little trouble with the first chapter or so .his narrative seemed to be all over the place. but then i got it and it flowed. amusing and sensitive. i have heard other versions of the story. i wonder which one is the truth.

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    • leongork
    • 01/03/2022

    Great story

    Very amusing in language that is profound and beautiful. Vivid descriptions and exciting events but most of all I love the satire and the humour, turning a serious situation into lightheartedness.

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    • Mauricio Arrieta
    • 07/07/2021

    Saramago is formidable

    Not my favorite from him. That's for sure. Always know for his witty dialogues and fast dialogues, there's not much Saramago could do with a silent animal. Anyhow, the characters are adorable or funny to read. The historical story is interesting and perhaps an inciting itinerary to some.

    Performance is well executed. Although some voices from the reader are a bit distracting.

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    • Espinach
    • 10/05/2021

    a linguistics itinerary

    loved the expressions and the interest for sound in the proper language. i count stop hearing the journey and all the critics to the society in the text.

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    • Cesar Lopez Gonzalez
    • 02/01/2021

    It was fun to read and hear.

    Easy to understand with deep thoughts about history, mankind, status, friendship. It keeps the legend alive about Salomon, the elephant.

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    • MC
    • 02/09/2020

    Not the best Saramago

    This is beautifully written, as all Saramago’s books, but the story lacked something... it felt just like a mere account of facts

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    • Dan Manweiler
    • 25/09/2019

    The Elelhant's Journey

    Nice to follow a story from so long ago. Nice that it was a simple plot and beautifully adorned in prose