Elefant – Martin Suter

38232605When homeless alcoholic Schoch sees a glowing pink elephant in his cave, he decides it’s time to stop drinking. When he wakes up, the elephant is still there. Seeking help from a local vet, Valerie, Schoch becomes the little elephant’s carer and protector, hiding her from genetic engineering scientists who are only interested in profit and don’t give a damn about her welfare.

This book was totally not what I was expecting. I don’t really know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this. There were some elements of this story that I really enjoyed: the relationship between Schoch and Valerie was very organic and lovely, and I also really liked following the story from the perspective of a homeless man. It was very interesting.

However, chunks of the book were made up of lengthy descriptions of elephant care and genetic modification, and were quite boring. I found myself skim-reading a lot.

Overall, there was nothing intrinsically wrong with the story or the writing, but if you chose to pass on this book, you wouldn’t be missing much.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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