Sat, Jun 06|
Bookies: "The Elephant Company" & Next Season's Book Selection
Join us for our first-ever virtual Bookies book club! Training on how to attend will be provided.
Time & Location
Jun 06, 2020, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
About the event
Discussion Lead: Jan Spomer
The Elephant Company by Vicky Croke
In 1920, Billy Williams came to colonial Burma as a "forest man" for a British teak company. Mesmerized by the intelligence and character of the great animals who hauled logs through the jungle, he became a gifted "elephant wallah". In Elephant Company, Vicki Constantine Croke chronicles Williams's growing love for elephants as the animals provide him lessons in courage, trust, and gratitude. Elephant Company is also a tale of war and daring. When Japanese forces invaded Burma in 1942, Williams joined the elite British Force 136 and operated behind enemy lines. His war elephants carried supplies, helped build bridges, and transported the sick and elderly over treacherous mountain terrain. As the occupying authorities put a price on his head, Williams and his elephants faced their most perilous test. Elephant Company, cornered by the enemy, attempted a desperate escape: a risky trek over the mountainous border to India, with a bedraggled group of refugees in tow. Part biography, part war epic, Elephant Company is an inspirational narrative that illuminates a little-known chapter in the annals of wartime heroism.
Bring book suggestions for next season to this session of “Bookies”. Books will be voted on and selected for next season!
If you have never used Zoom to join an online event, don't worry! We'll reach out to everyone who wants to join us in advance to make sure you're all set before book club starts!