'Day of the Elephants' : African proverb - "When the bull elephants fight, the grass always loses."
Set in Liberia during the 1989-1996 civil war 'Day'Day of the Elephants' : African proverb - "When the bull elephants fight, the grass always loses."
Set in Liberia during the 1989-1996 civil war 'Day of the Elephants' is the heart wrenching tale of Roland Deah who as a child of 8 is witness to horrific torture, violence, and mass murder on an epic scale. He loses family members and friends and along with masses of refugees is forced to flee for his life from the warring tribes.
I cannot imagine the absolute terror and horrors endured by the people caught up in this man made tragedy, unfortunately I think that the writing style also fails to convey it. It appears sanitised with the author drawing parallels of his own health issues with the horror of Roland's struggle to survive. I felt it detracted from Roland's experiences and didn't quite have the same impact.
It felt trite, trying too hard to incorporate a connection of a privileged society with that of the suffering people endured in Liberia. The underlaying message that with faith you can endure anything did not sit well with me and left me feeling that Roland's story would have had more depth, and impact had it been told without this ulterior agenda. There is nothing wrong with including Psalms and Bible passages, but it was unbalanced and just not appropriate in my opinion.
What we learn is a brief history of Liberia and of its connection to the USA from the days of slavery. We learn, to some extent, the politics of the tribal regimes. Knowing very little about Liberia this spurred me on to research Liberia, its tribes and the civil war.
Even with the issues about the writing style, or even because of it I would have no concern with my 12 year old daughter reading 'Day of the Elephants'.
Roland Deah is a proud, seemingly unbroken man, who against all the odds has survived thanks to his faith and the unselfish and brave acts of others. Roland's tale has stuck with me and I really do hope and pray for the best possible future for him and others like him throughout this troubled world we currently reside.
My view is that the intended market for this book would be readers who do not necessarily want, or need to read in any depth, the details of horrendous acts and I think they would be moved and appreciate this book.
I would like to thank the Publishers, in particular Anne Johnson of Smith Publicity, and Net Galley for the opportunity to review this title....more
Quick easy, untaxing murder mystery tale. Maybe a little naive or stretching belief of police procedures but I did enjoy it and the pages turned veryQuick easy, untaxing murder mystery tale. Maybe a little naive or stretching belief of police procedures but I did enjoy it and the pages turned very quickly. Particularly enjoyed the interaction between Cindy and the Rabi and about the jewish religious ceremony of Passover. Odd that I can swing from cosy murder thriller to hard core horror, but that's pretty much says it all about me....more
Good, not great. But it is definitely a well written story which held my interest for the most part. First half pretty much kept me reading with interGood, not great. But it is definitely a well written story which held my interest for the most part. First half pretty much kept me reading with interest but I did skim read parts from there on in.
I swung bi-polically from 2 to 5 stars on this one initially.
Genuinely a great story with such depth of characterisation I really believed in all of tI swung bi-polically from 2 to 5 stars on this one initially.
Genuinely a great story with such depth of characterisation I really believed in all of the people, sorry, characters. When I loved it I just loved it, the trouble was is that there are a few stages where it just does get too bogged down with detail, detail and more detail and just a bit too much waffle on the religious content at times. But saying that most times the religious theme is key.
I must admit though at one or two points during the 2 star rating stages I nearly gave up but the story line is so strong and I genuinely wanted to know what happened to the characters and I deeply cared about them too so I continued to read on. I am so glad that I did too....more
First time I've read a religious novel like this one. I had put off reading a Frank Peretti for the obvious reasons but glad I did it.
I originally purFirst time I've read a religious novel like this one. I had put off reading a Frank Peretti for the obvious reasons but glad I did it.
I originally purchased a hardback copy for 25c in a charity shop in Florida recently on vacation. I left it behind due to luggage restrictions blah blah. Anyway I just had to buy it again but it cost me a lot more !
As I say it is definitely a religious story about a town which appears to have been visited by Jesus and how the town react and behave. Twinned with the prophet story is the unwinding tale of the towns minister which captivated me totally throughout. There was not a lull in my interest or enjoyment of reading and I had expected to skim read at least a small portion with it being the genre it is, but this did not happen.
Frank sure knows about the complexities and torments of the human spirit and can write an amazing tale.
Yeah I've said it's religious haven't I ? But there is much humour too.
Thoroughly enjoyed this non preachy totally religious novel and will read more from this author. Although I fully appreciate it will not be to everyone's taste.
(Have read one other, with slightly less religious tones, which blew me away too 'SCARS' which has had very little popularity I guess due to the religious aspect.) A shame as I feel we're missing out on some fantastic pieces of work.)...more