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Whistling for the Elephants
by Sandi Toksvig | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingPlum-crazywing of Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on 8/13/2016
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by RCN349): available

5 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingPlum-crazywing from Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, August 13, 2016

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When eleven-year-old tomboy Dorothy Kane moves with her upper-class English parents to the small town of Sassaspaneck, New York, the result is bewilderment on every side. The Kanes are a family of "partial communicators", physically remote and emotionally vague: "I suppose a lot of people have never seen their father naked; I had never seen mine without a tie." Confronted with a 1960s America shaken by a war in Vietnam, by campaigns for civil rights and women's liberation, Dorothy's parents retreat into crisis, leaving her to pick her own, troubled way through the last, crucial summer of her childhood.

She receives help and inspiration from an unlikely source: a trio of women who live on the edge of town in a dilapidated zoo. Gradually she uncovers details of the zoo's flamboyant and tragic history, its origins in passion and extravagant wealth, the secrets and betrayals surrounding its decline. It is a history that touches the lives of all the people of Sassaspaneck. With Dorothy's help, old wounds are healed and new bonds forged, as the women of the town are drawn into a struggle to save the zoo from property developers--and to provide a new home for Artemesia, a tightrope-walking African elephant.


Journal Entry 2 by wingPlum-crazywing at Mental Health charity shop in Stranraer, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, November 11, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (11/11/2016 UTC) at Mental Health charity shop in Stranraer, Scotland United Kingdom


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Journal Entry 3 by JuliePartridge at Alnwick, Northumberland United Kingdom on Saturday, August 26, 2017

10 out of 10

Loved it. Quirky, funny, poignant; adult actions viewed through child's eyes making you think and laugh out loud. 

Journal Entry 4 by AliGlennie at Seaton Sluice, Northumberland United Kingdom on Saturday, October 21, 2017

9 out of 10

Loved this book. It takes you into a magical world, funny and alternative. Really enjoyed it and hope you do too  

Journal Entry 5 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Shiremoor, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

8 out of 10

Story written from the perspective of a ten year old girl in a world of eccentric adults. Very entertaining with some poignant, some amusing bits. An enjoyable read. 

Journal Entry 6 by RCN349 at -- Somewhere in Tyne & Wear, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Sunday, May 13, 2018

6 out of 10

Started this book under the impression it was an autobiography. Having realised it was only loosely based on authors early years found it entertaining and very quirky.  

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