Great Elephant

Great Elephant The title Great Elephant is not an elephant but a man Chaka who is king of the Zulu nation in the early s The narrator tells of his family s experience as white Christians settling in Zululand

  • Title: Great Elephant
  • Author: Alan Scholefield
  • ISBN: 9780722177297
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • The title Great Elephant is not an elephant but a man, Chaka, who is king of the Zulu nation in the early 1800 s The narrator tells of his family s experience as white Christians settling in Zululand and the fortunes and misfortunes that occur from the time he was age 6 through age 16 Story is sometimes hair raising adventure Filled with cultural insights Reads The title Great Elephant is not an elephant but a man, Chaka, who is king of the Zulu nation in the early 1800 s The narrator tells of his family s experience as white Christians settling in Zululand and the fortunes and misfortunes that occur from the time he was age 6 through age 16 Story is sometimes hair raising adventure Filled with cultural insights Reads like history than fiction.

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    1. Good Boys Own adventure.Good old fashioned adventure yarn which I found very enjoyable to read. The follow up to "A View Of Vultures" continues the story of the Black family in early 1800's southern Africa having settled in Zulu and under the reign of Chaka. Full of action set pieces and vivid descriptions of Zulu life, the story of the Black family develops in synch with that of Chaka, whose patronage sees them growing into wealthy farmers. But as with all good adventures the journey and it's e [...]

    2. Scholefield has written another African adventure that has the reader engrossed in the lives of the characters. The story takes place in Kwa-Zulu and he did a very good job of historical accuracy, using early reference resources that are few, but fairly accurate, if somewhat colonial in point of view. He weaves the tale of his characters into real events and people of that time. At times his plot stretches believability, but it is, after all, an adventure story. Even though he has good historica [...]

    3. Wonderfully adventurous story telling of a time and place that we, (at least I), knew very little about. Having seen the Shaka Zulu miniseries helped a little in that respect, but this, dealing with "regular" people living in that situation, heightens the interest. They should make a miniseries of this story!!!

    4. Set in the late 1700's - early 1800's, this book made me think again of what it must have been like for early pioneers everywhere. This one is set in southern Africa and has a lot of grief and bloodshed.

    5. The engrossing tale of an English family in Zululand in the early 19th century and it's relationship with Chaka.I first read this book nearly 40 years ago and found it well worth re-reading.

    6. I read this as teenager and found it brutal but fascinating. A coming of age story set in a continent still coming of age after millennia.

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