Hannah's Dream (Max L. Biedelman Zoo #1)
An elephant never forgets . . . but can she dream?
For forty-one years, Samson Brown has been caring for Hannah, the lone elephant at the down-at-the-heels Max L. Biedelman Zoo. Having vowed not to retire until an equally loving and devoted caretaker is found to replace him, Sam rejoices when smart, compassionate Neva Wilson is hired as the new elephant keeper. But Neva qu...more
Readers likely will gravitate to this book looking for a Water for Elephants-esque tale. Unfortunately, their search won't end here. This is a tale that veers dangerously into maudlin territory time and again. Where it falls very short of the mark is in portraying some rawness, some grit that would make it hit those many emotional chords that Water for Elephants does with such aplomb. Hammond went to some length to pluck on heart strings with a story l ...more
The characters are beautifully realized. I loved the subtle ironies, like how one character's ex-wife keeps accusing him of being deadly boring while he's in the middle of secreting an elephant out of a zoo. There is much to learn from this book on the art of crafting a distinctive voice for each character.
The book is remarkable for a literary adult novel--the characters are likable, and the ending is uplifting.
Plus I could believe in the people Hammond ...more
A wonderful gr ...more
I've heard it called a love story, and it is- but the thing I like most is the development of each of the characters right up until the end. I love Miles the pig and he and Truman's budding relationship. I laughed out loud so many times because I felt as though I had known a miniature pot bellie ...more
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Excellent character development in a sweet multilevel love story.
Sam and Hannah a love story for the ages. They have been together for 41 years, never mind that Sam is an ailing 68 year old caretaker of Hannah a declining elephant. Their love and devotion is as strong and heartwarming as any I've read about.
I appreciated that the author chose to focus on the important aspects of the characters: heart, steadfastness, fears, generosity, while the less important aspects (race, se ...more
The plot is pretty predictable, the characters are likable, and the writing is okay. All in all, a beach read that is light and entertaining ...more
I sure was rewarded for wading into this one! The story includes a ...more
"Hannah's Dream" is a well-crafted, heartfelt story of a 41-year love affair--between an elephant named Hannah and her long-time keeper, Samson "Sam" Brown. The tale is set at the fictional Max L. Biedelman Zoo in Washington State. The zoo was the proud creation of Maxine (Max was a woman, the daughter of a lumber magnate) Biedelman, who found her greatest joy in the green hills of Africa. The zoo wa ...more
That will never happen, but it's definitely something to aspire to. Her dialogue is authentic, her characters are well-drawn and her insights into the human condition are touching and true to life.
You'll fall in love with the everyday heroes in this novel, and you'll forever have a place in your heart for the fictional elephant for whom the novel is named.
"Hannah's Dream" is a story of hope, loss, love, humanity, quiet courage and the special ...more
Hannah the elephant has lived her life in a menagerie turned small-town zoo. She is inadequately housed, isolated and her main keeper has received no training in pachyderm care. The new zookeeper wants desperately to send Hannah to an Elephant Sanctuary, where she can live out the rest of her life in the company of her own kind.
However, this is no horror story; Samson Brown has cared for Hannah the best he could for 41 years, perhaps as ...more
Diane Hammond creates a slow paced world about a very large personality in her lead character, Hannah the elephant. Her long-term caregiver is another gentle soul, Sam, who shares his own stories about life and the woman who founded the Max L. Biedelman Zoo. It's a hero's journey of sorts and this story makes you care. Touching, poignant, although at times predictable, it is worthy of reading.
This was a touching and bittersweet story of an elephant and the couple who loved her as much as she loved them. I would recommend it to anyone who loves animals as well as anyone that enjoys a well written book about life and the ups and downs we face as we travel life's journey.