Title: Bad Elephant Far Stream
Author: Samuel Hawley
Published: October 28th 2013 by Conquistador Press
Length: 263 pgs
Genre: historical fiction
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Inspired by the life of a real elephant known as Topsy, it follows Far Stream from her birth and capture in the wild in Ceylon in the late 1860s, through her transportation to America and thirty years with the circus, which ultimately led to her being labeled as “bad.” It’s an unusual and uncompromising novel that explores the questions: What is it like to be an elephant trained for human amusement? What does such a creature think? What does it feel? What does it yearn for?
Bad Elephant Far Stream takes the reader on a voyage of discovery to find out.
As a whole this historically significant novel is one that will stick with me for a long while. It’s a must read for those who enjoy the genre.