An Inconvenient Elephant: A Novel

An Inconvenient Elephant: A Novel

by Judy Reene Singer


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An Inconvenient Elephant: A Novel by Judy Reene Singer

The delightful sequel to Judy Reene Singer’s Still Life with Elephant, which People magazine called, “a charmer,” An Inconvenient Elephant brings back Singer’s feisty and unforgettable heroine Neelie Sterling and introduces a whole new cast of pachyderms. Neelie’s quest to save an endangered elephant in Zimbabwe will enthrall fans of Water for Elephants and Hannah’s Dream, and anyone who loves animals and cares about their preservation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061713774
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/27/2010
Series: A Still Life with Elephant Novel , #2
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 847,428
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Judy Reene Singer is a dressage competitor, horse trainer, and all-around animal lover. She has written about the equestrian world for more than a decade and was named top feature writer of the year by The Chronicle of the Horse. She is the author of Horseplay and Still Life with Elephant.

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An Inconvenient Elephant 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Debbie-V More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book from the first page. I read a lot and this will go as one of my favorites. I hope this becomes a movie.
Bookventures More than 1 year ago
An Inconvenient Elephant is a touching tale about discovering one's self and the importance of family. Ideally the use of elephants as the central figures in the story was also used to emphasis this theme since elephants are phratric animals and their units are developed in unconventional ways. Similarly, the main characters formed these family units emphasizing the notion that family does not necessarily mean blood related. Other themes that rose from the story were the modern debate about rehabilitation of animals and striking a balance between your professional goals and the goals that are set for you by society. The latter theme is more prevalent among women in this decade who seek to fulfill their career dreams and strive for independence as oppose to starting a family. All of the themes were integrated into the story very well and made it a real joy to read. The story is also lightly coloured with humor which contributed to its 'unputdownable' factor. There were many times when I found myself laughing out loud at Diamond teaching a Cockatoo to swear or the lovable but seriously neurotic Mrs. Wycliff. The humor is very witty and grown-up but relevant and totally unexpected which made me enjoy the story even more. An Inconvenient Elephant was also touching because you got a first-hand view into the perils that wild animals face and how these animals are rescued. I certainly became more appreciative of all the work done by animal activist around the world. Many of the reviews that I have read so far state that the plot was a bit obvious but I have to disagree. Perhaps I wasn't paying much attention but I found that there was an element of uncertainty to the story especially when it came to rescuing the elephants. I also appreciated the linguistic artistry in many of the chapters by the author. Often times she started them with literal devices and then meshes them with the overall story and plot. I think that by employing this tactic, the author gave us another level in which to understand the difficulties that the characters were facing and it sort of forces you to think about how you would cope if you were in a similar situation. The characters were like a mixed bag of nuts if you look at them closely. Neelie, the Jane Goodall of Elephants is a nice character though sometimes I found that she was a bit erratic and just too sensitive. She is the main character who ironically is learning some of life's most important lesson from elephants. Diamond was a great character to get to know. She draws a constant reference to her life in Africa which shows up the rich culture that exists there. One might argue that there were some characters who were a bit stereotypical such as Jungle Jim ( a representation of many of the male animal activist we see on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel) yet there presence in the story was really overshadowed by the animals and their daring rescue. Animal lovers and non-animals lovers will enjoy this story because of its overall themes, good plot and storyline and its wit and humor. And I look forward to hearing more from Judy Reene Singer.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I got this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) for free <br /> An Inconvenient Elephant by Judy Reene Singer a fictional story is about Neelie Sterling, an American who has spent a year in Africa taking care of baby elephants and, due to the volatile political climate in Africa, is forced to come back home. Only that "home" is filled with past skeletons of ex-husband, ex-house, ex-horse, etc. On her way she meets Diamond-Rose, who is not a stripper as her name might suggest, but a 20 year veteran safari tour guide who is also being forcefully evacuated. Along the way, the ladies get enamored by an elephant targeted for execution and, once back in the US, make it their mission to save him. <br /> As many of us who have been absent from home for a long amount of time know, returning is a struggle. The mundane becomes the norm, the adventure subsides and you almost have to re-learn how to cope with life. Neelie and Diamond-Rose find work in an animal sanctuary and immediately start working on their new mission of saving another elephant as well as other animals. Their mission is made all that difficult by their lack of social graces and Neelie's pigheadedness. <br /> This is a charming book; a quick read with likable characters even thought the plot is quite predictable and somewhat unbelievable. The narrative is entertaining, enjoyable and easy to follow The author, who seems to be very knowledgeable about animals (even though one gets the impression she is more of a horse lover) doesn't try to ram any wildlife agenda down the reader's throat or force a tearjerker - she just let's the story roll along. Peppered with quirky, silly, purposefully lame and yes, funny jokes the book is never boring. <br /> This book is suppose to be a sequel to "Still Life with Elephant" which I haven't read, and I haven't noticed I was reading a sequel - so you can still read "An Inconvenient Elephant" independently of the first book. <br /> For more reviews please visit