A history more splendid than any maharaja’s golden howdah.
Magical and fascinating.
Alter pays homage to Elephas maximus and weaves such facts into lyrical text of travel and adventure.
Having observed my fair share of elephants, I’ve found them to be almost ineffably heart-wrenching. So I salute Stephen Alter for persisting, prevailing in the task. These radiant, galumphing, expressive animals are vanishing in the wild. But Alter has been to see them and telepathize.