The Elephant Keepers' Children

The Elephant Keepers' Children

Book - 2012
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From the author of Smilla's Sense of Snow , an epic novel about faith and the magic of everyday life.

Told from the precocious perspective of fourteen-year-old Peter, The Elephant Keepers' Children is about three siblings and how they deal with life alongside their eccentric parents. Peter's father is a vicar, his mother is an artisan, and both are equally and profoundly devout. The family lives on the (fictional) island of Finø, where people of all religious faiths coexist peacefully. Yet, nothing is at it seems. 
   When Peter's parents suddenly go missing, Peter and his siblings fear the worst--has their parents' relentless quest to boost church attendance finally put them in danger? Told with poignancy and humor, The Elephant Keepers' Children is a fascinating exploration of fundamentalism versus spiritual freedom, the vicissitudes of romantic and familial love, and the triumph of the human spirit.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781590514900
Branch Call Number: F Hoe
Additional Contributors: Aitken, Martin


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ChristchurchLib Dec 17, 2012

"Both madcap and philosophical, this one-of-a-kind novel features teenaged siblings trying to discover the whereabouts of their parents, who have disappeared from their idyllic island. Characters have names like Bodil Hippopotamus, Alexander Flounderblood, and Anaflabia Borderrud, while plot elements include oiled tunnels and apparently ambulatory corpses -- not to mention a religious conference and a plot to steal valuable artifacts. This whimsical style of storytelling won't be for everyone, but those who enjoy a quirky challenge may appreciate this inventive, unusual novel." Fiction A to Z December 2012 newsletter


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