The author of this fist novel, John Sweeney, writes a fiction based on a true story about how Oozies, elephants’handlders, managed to save refugees out of Burma onto India in 1942 during WWII.
A story of bravery, courage and compassion throughout a thousand miles from Burma ( Mandalay attacked by the Japanese in 1942) to Eastern India.
A fiction worth reading, to remember the incredible struggle of these elephant men , part « natural history, part epic trail out of Burma over the mountains » of the Himalayas.
A tribute to elephants :
for their kindness when respected by humans.
for their absolute love for their babies.
for their limitless solidarity to their herd.
for their intelligence.
for their wisdom ( when not spoilt by humans) and their most sophisticated social relationships ( a mother can rely on « aunties » to help with her calf)
You end up preferring the company of elephants to the one of rough human beings 😉