3.5 StarsIt was with an arrogant air of defiance that Tom Carey built his manor house and plantation smack across an ancient elephant trail. The locals were horrified but couldn't help but be impressed that any man should defy the "elephant people" and seemingly come off the winner.But elephants have long memories, and once stomped on will eventually take their revengeThis was my first Robert Standish novel and I really liked it. I did think, however, that too much of the novel was taken up with [...]
When I was about 10 years old, I saw maybe 10 minutes of the movie based on this book - a scene which involved rampaging elephants, so naturally I was intrigued when I saw this book for $1 at a used book sale!Written in 1940, it has a lot for its time period - far away places and cultures, romance, jealousy, illicit affairs, an over-bearing yet dead father, and surprisingly, a female heroine who is smarter and stronger than the cast of male supporters!Because of when it was written, I was expect [...]
An exceedingly vivid tea farm travelogue of the halcyon days of early 20th century Ceylon, Elephant Walk is a trumpeting example of historical fiction at its finest. Narrated in imagery so fine it made me swoon and forget the generally cliched plot and predictable uncomplexity of its characters, apart from the Elephant People, and one other fellow. And he's the fellow I would have wanted most to know better, and fallen for as candidly as Ruth Carey does before the first half of the novel. For we [...]
I got this because I remembered the film and saw an early edition on eBay. I really enjoyed it to begin with. The writing is a tad old-fashioned and points are laboured too much for our modern taste, but I liked the atmosphere of the times that Robert Standish created. He explained his character's motivations thoroughly so didn't leave much to the reader's imagination, and about three-quarters of the way through I began to get a little restive. It started to get predictable, but I wanted to fini [...]
This was the first grown-up book I can remember reading at about the age of 10 picked off my grandfather's library shelf. I still have memories of the elephant stampede and other adventures this book brought to life. If I were to re-read it today, I might not five it five stars, but I did based on how this one book influenced my love of reading.
Set in colonial Ceylon in the early 1900's, this book has an old fashioned feel and is the basis of the movie starring Elizabeth Taylor. Glad, that in this story at least, the elephants prevailed. Love the cover art!
A BIG potboiler historical soap opera set in Ceylon, with a bit of presaging of Jurassic Park. It struck me as something that would have been made into a movie starring Elizabeth Taylor; I looked it up; and it was!