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Jumbo: The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation Paperback – 15 Nov 2014


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`This isn't just a book about killing elephants; it's a book about being horrible to elephants in more general ways. It's very good. It's one of those books that shows you the world through the lens of a small part of it. Sutherland's tone throughout is one of dry wit; the track where Jumbo died, he points out, was known as `the grand trunk'. Sutherland makes Jumbo his main character, and shows us that by looking at this elephant's life, and the lives of other captive elephants, you can learn a lot about people too. It's a tall tale. And rather superbly put together.'

`Hugely entertaining survey of Jumbo's sad life and strange legacy.'

`This book is so wonderful, so charming, I promise it will allow everyone to find the little Jumbo inside themselves.'

`A treasure trove of elephant ephemera with eye-popping statistics on trunks, dung, sex and characters from Chunee, Jumbo's popular show animal predecessor in London, to Disney's fictional Dumbo. The best of the details are fascinating.'ÿ

`I can think of nobody better to trumpet the elephant than Sutherland. Academic yet conversational, and at times very funny, he is the perfect guide.'

`It's a fascinating story, told stylishly and wittily.'ÿ

'It is a "fantasia". Or rather, an "elephantasia". The word sets the tone. The author, a former professor of English at University College London, is out to entertain-punning, digressing, mixing it up, high and low. But, behind the banter, he has a savage story to tell.'

`A wonderfully engaging and learned narrator.'

`Sutherland's fascinating and eclectic book is a fitting tribute toÿLoxodonta africanaÿand it deftly evokes the manifold and ever more pressing threats to the species.'

`Elegant cultural history. Jumbo is a compelling portrait of a wonderful creature and less wonderful human motivation.'



‘A treasure trove of elephant ephemera with eye-popping statistics on trunks, dung, sex and characters from Chunee, Jumbo’s popular show animal predecessor in London, to Disney’s fictional Dumbo. The best of the details are fascinating.’ 



‘Elegant cultural history. Jumbo is a compelling portrait of a wonderful creature and less wonderful human motivation.’



‘Sutherland’s fascinating and eclectic book is a fitting tribute to Loxodonta africana and it deftly evokes the manifold and ever more pressing threats to the species.’

About the Author

Formerly the Editor of Granta, Alex Clark is a critic, literary journalist and editor-at-large at Union Books.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press; PB Reissue edition (15 November 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781312451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781312452
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,22,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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