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Elephant's Journey

A Novel
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Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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April, 2011
ISBN:
9780547574110
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In 1551, King Joo III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present: an elephant. Solomonthe elephant and his keeper, Subhro, begin in dismal conditions, forgotten in a corner of the palace grounds. When it occurs totheking andqueenthatan elephantmight bean appropriatewedding gift, everyone rushes to get them ready: Subhro is given two new suits of clothes and Solomon a long overdue scrub.


Accompanied by the Archduke, his new wife, and the royal guard,our unlikely heroestraverse a continentriven by the Reformation and civil wars. They make their way through the storied cities of northern Italy: Genoa, Piacenza, Mantua, Verona, Venice, and Trento, where the Council of Trent is in session. They brave the Alps and the terrifying Isarco and Brenner Passes; they sail across the Mediterranean Sea and up the Inn River (elephants, it turns out, are natural sailors). At last they maketheir grandentry into the imperial city of Vienna.Anenchanting taleand based on a true story.

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