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Reading Suggestion for Burma

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Although I'm only about half way through a new book by Vicki Constantine Croke entitled Elephant Company, I want to spread word of it for readers who are interested in either or both Burma and Asian elephants. It is the story of a young Englishman who goes out to Burma in the 1920s to work for a company harvesting teak in the northwestern part of the country near the Chinwin River. He becomes fascinated with elephants and stays for decades, apparently until the Japanese run him out in the early 1940s (I haven't gotten that far). The book is full of interesting information about Burma and elephants and reads like a novel. I personally don't care for the creative reconstruction of conversations and the heavy dose of anthropomorphism, but the book gets rave reviews. I plan to take it with me on Monday (Sept. 1) when I fly off to Burma in order to share it with other passengers on the Pandaw II. ZZ

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