Title: The Great Elephant Escape
Author: Antoinette Van De Water and Liesbeth Sluiter
Set in: Thailand
Challenge: East and SouthEast Asia
Rating: 4 out of 5
I had very low expectations from this book but it ended up surprising me. The Great Elephant Escape is about a German woman Antoinette who volunteered in an Elephant Park in Thailand and ended up organizing a ‘Bring the Elephant home’ campaign. Antoinette loved elephants and empathized with their situation in Thailand. She wanted to do more than volunteer and that’s when she came up with the project. The book chronicles her and her teams journey through Thailand with the rescued Elephants. The goal of the project was to make people aware of the plight of the elephants.
Today Elephants in Thailand are mainly used for begging and tourism purposes. There are Elephant shows, Elephant rides and the works. But there are also elephants that work in the logging industry. Violent measures are usually used to train them and they are often not treated well. With deforestation, the elephant owners have little to feed their elephants, so they have to resort to take them to the cities to beg or use them in the logging industry.
Antoinette begins her project by raising money which seems a lot more difficult than she imagined. A lot of things that could go wrong did go wrong during the planning of this project. But as the project progressed there was also a lot of support and awareness created about the Elephants and their plight. The author takes you through Thailand with her and lets you experience the frustration of dealing with the Thai bureaucracy, the sorrow of seeing the plight of these majestic animals and the happiness of finally doing something for them.
The writing if not very literary is good enough to pull you into the book without any distractions. Antoinette seems like a genuine person who poured her heart and soul into this project. I highly recommend this book to those who are interested in memoirs or Elephants.
I don’t read much non-fiction, but this one sounds really good. Loved the review!
I love true stories like that!
This sounds sad. 😦
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I do love my memoirs. This sounds like the type I don’t normally read though so it might be worth reading and stretching my boundaries.
Antoinette Van De Water is Dutch (Holland- best known place Amsterdam).