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Inhaltsangabe: For Mark Shand, there is no better way to see India than from the howdah of an Indian elephant. Before he set off on his 1000 kilometre journey, Tara was a scrawny 33-year-old begging elephant and by the time they reached the Sonepur Mela (the world's oldest elephant market) she had been transformed through tender loving care into a star attraction. Everywhere they went - into communities that had not changed in millennia or along new arterial roads where trans-continental juggernauts thundered past - the Western mahout, trained by Tara's minder, and his five eccentric Indian companions drew inquisitive crowds. Yet there was an inward as well as an outward journey. Merely arriving was not the end of the story and finding a good home for Tara was to present the greatest challenge of all. To his account of the trials and tribulations of life on the road he brings view of the oldest partnership between man and animal and reflects on the 4,000-year history of the culture in which the elephant has such a special place.
Rezension: A few years ago, British writer Mark Shand cut an 800-mile swath across southern and central India atop a 30-year-old elephant named Tara. What he saw along the way makes up the heart of this entertaining memoir. His reminiscences of the good food and warmly hospitable people of the nation make you want to head out the door and find the nearest mahout, but the real star of the show is Tara, who has a sweet personality and a penchant for mischief, such as shoplifting fruit from vendors' stalls and lifting prostitutes' saris. However, Shand sadly notes, "The Indian elephant is running out of living space." His sort of adventure may thus be harder to come by in the future--so find that mahout now. If you can't, as vicarious experiences go, following Shand across the subcontinent is tough to beat.
Buchbeschreibung Overlook Books. Paperback. Buchzustand: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2571981444
Buchbeschreibung Overlook Books, 1998. Buchzustand: Good. Reprint. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP90658865
Buchbeschreibung Overlook Books, 1998. Buchzustand: Good. Reprint. N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP15175591
Buchbeschreibung Overlook Books. Paperback. Buchzustand: Good. Book has a small amount of wear visible on the binding, cover, pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers G0879518685I3N00
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Buchbeschreibung Overlook TP, 1998. Softcover. Buchzustand: Good +. Aditya Patankar (illustrator). Softcover, in Good + condition, retired library copy with usual markings, 16 pages of glossy color photographs, good binding, a nice used book, Buchnummer des Verkäufers 30199
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Buchbeschreibung Overlook Books, 1998. Paperback. Buchzustand: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GD-259-58-0806800
Buchbeschreibung Overlook Books, 1998. Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good. Very good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers HH-259-58-0806800