The Roots of Heaven (Paperback)

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By Romain Gary, Jonathan Griffin (Translator)
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The Roots of Heaven takes as its subject the deliberate and relentless hunting and killing of elephants for their ivory. Morel, a former dentist whose survival in a Nazi concentration camp he attributes to his fixation on the freedom and companionability of elephants, travels to Africa intent on stopping the slaughter. He circulates a petition demanding their killing be made illegal. It attracts two signers: a disgraced American from the Korean War and a call girl described as just another animal who needed protection. From here things get really interesting--politically, socially and culturally. Morel realizes that action is necessary; a notorious elephant hunter is shot in the buttocks, while a female trophy hunter is stripped naked and publicly whipped. You never teach a man anything by killing him, he observes, On the contrary you make him forget everything. He gains a following--some drawn by his cause, some by political expediency, some by a need to believe in something, anything, bigger than themselves. He is chased and cornered at Lake Kuru, where a vast assemblage of elephants has converged to drink, and where this novel concludes in a brilliant and memorable climax.
In 1956 this book exploded into the world. A huge bestseller in France, it won the country's most prestigious award, the Prix Goncourt. In the U.S. it was an immediate bestseller.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781567926262
ISBN-10: 1567926266
Publisher: Verba Mundi
Publication Date: November 25th, 2018
Pages: 438
Language: English


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