This is the sixth novel I have read of the nobel prize winning author José Saramago and as always he doesn’t disappoint.
It happens to occur that King João III of Portugal decides to give Archduke Maximilian a very unusual wedding gift, an elephant named Solomon.
Based on an actual historical event, Saramago spins a fantastical tale of the journey from Lisbon to Vienna. Throught various countries you witness the strong bond between the elephant and his caretaker subhro and how the presence of this majestic creature touches everyone who comes in contact with.
It’s not best novel I have read of this extremely talented author but is quite interesting, it touches deeply in how some people, including myself, perceive animals as more that simple beasts and how they can change our lifes.
So that’s 4,604 pages down, 45,138 pages to go.
Total Pages 116,184 pages