The Elephant's Journey
Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date : 2010-09-08
ISBN 13: 054750439X
Total Pages : 226 pages
Rating : 4.4/5 (547 users download)
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Download or Read book The Elephant's Journey written by José Saramago and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This book was released on 2010-09-08 with total page 226 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt/Synopsis: A delightful, witty tale of friendship and adventure from prize-winning novelist José SaramagoIn 1551, King João III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present: an elephant named Solomon. In José 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.