By Byron Rogers
An viewers with an Elephant is a compendium of the oddest and so much eccentric travels - a shuttle ebook to set along Norman Lewis and Eric Newby for the sheer unpredictability of its encounters and its surreal comedy. yet Bryon Rogers did not enterprise to the ends of the earth to discover singular customized and heroic idiosyncrasy: he had no use to. those are trips to the guts of the unusual and far-off land of england. On his travels he meets the Turkish POW in British fingers - an old tortoise captured at Gallipoli and now resident in nice Yarmouth - and the teenaged elephant who has opened extra fetes and supermarkets than any television big name. right here, too, are such extraordinary figures because the octogenerian triathlete, the fellow who (before such issues have been banned) held each international consuming checklist, and the final hangman in his untroubled retirement. even if exploring the center of britain within the forgotten county of Northamptonshire or accompanying the final tramp in the course of the wilder...
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An Audience with an Elephant. And Other Encounters on the Eccentric Side by Byron Rogers