Once Upon an Elephant Paperback – Sep 1 1998
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Mathur's novel is as funny as it is smart . . . the tone is wry, sly and perfectly suited.
-Toronto Star (Toronto Star)
About the Author
Born in Bhopal, India, Ashok Mathur is the author of two previous novels, Once upon an Elephant and The Short, Happy Life of Harry Kumar. Formerly of Calgary, he is the Director of the Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC.
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Readers are often asked to suspend belief in order to get into the worlds being created by authors. In this one, readers are asked to embrace the belief in the existence of Ganesh. Further, readers must embrace lots of lots of such existences. But, some may not actually be living forms of Ganesh. One, or more might be dead - and may have been murdered. Or, maybe not, if readers are able to ignore the found body parts and not think about the missing ones.
Maybe the reader should also not think about much in this book. That won't be a problem since that still leaves lots of characters with more problems than the average reader (which always makes readers feel better about themselves). We, the readers, get to meet detectives, gods, elephants, Indians of the South Indian type, Canadians of the North American type, lawyers of the universal type, more elephants, a judge of the sometimes usual type and a sexy lady doing something with a pitcher of (well, no spoilers here).
This is just plain fun with a little bit of mystery, morality (or its absence), romp through a missing human torso and also missing elephant's head.