The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson tells the story of a young man named Tom in 1700s England that takes care of two young Elephants for his rich master. His master asks Tom to write down his life story in order to learn more about Elephants and thus begins The Elephant Keeper.
The Elephant Keeper starts out as a page turner as Tom explains growing up as an employee of a rich master where he takes care of horses with his father. The story progresses when the estate acquires two elephants in poor health and Tom, without ever seen an elephant before, nurses them both back to health. As the story grows we even learn that Tom has a love interest in a young woman named Lizzie that is a servant in the main house.
However as the story went on I got increasingly bored. It doesn’t deviate too much from Tom’s relationship with the animals. I’m sad to say that I got about 60% through the book and never finished. I wanted to find out more about the other characters and learn more about Tom, but sadly all there really was to Tom was his elephants.
The reason why I gave it a 3 and not a lower mark is because the book is written extremely well. It was only the subject I found lacking, not the writers ability. I could also see how other readers might really enjoy the book. I’m just someone that prefers more drama.
I would check out another book by Christopher Nicholson but The Elephant Keeper was not for me.
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Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Harper Paperbacks | Pages: 320 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon