Item description for Sacred Elephant (Poetry) by Heathcote Williams...
This is a portrayal of the largest land-living mammal. The poem explores the life of elephants in their natural habitat, in captivity, and details their destruction at the hands of man. The readings are supplemented by music from Ciurlionis, Brahms, Bruneau, Rubinstein, Saint-Saens and Mussorgsky.
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Format: Audiobook, Unabridged
Studio: Naxos Audiobooks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.61" Width: 4.94" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.26 lbs.
Publisher Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN 9626340975 ISBN13 9789626340974
Reviews - What do customers think about Sacred Elephant (Poetry)?
Older book but still relevant Jun 3, 2005
This is an older copy of this book, written in 1989. It's is an environmental document.
Heathcote's poetic description of the plight of the elephant is beautiful, painful and very accurate. Half of the book is devoted to his ode to the elephant and the second half is devoted to miscellaneous quotes and short texts that are about elephants.
This book was written when the ivory trade was still in full swing and some of the pictures are heartbreaking. There is a lot of historical information. The places in which elephants have lived have been very influenced by their presence. This is a book that must be read to be fully appreciated.
Interesting book - written awhile ago yet the parts about zoos and circuses are still very timely. It's amazing to me that in this day and age people would choose a circus act with live animals in it, and that these magnificent fellow sentient beings are being keep in zoos.