The Elephant Keepers' Children: A Novel by Peter Hoeg, translated by Martin Aitken
From the beloved author of Smilla’s Sense of Snow, this epic new novel is a study of faith and the magic in everyday life.
“A picaresque tale that probes society’s little hypocrisies while offering an original array of characters. At first glance, an utterly fun, absorbing read.” -- Library Journal
"A fount of grandiloquent observations and windy circumlocutions, Høeg conveys the cunning of a middle-aged novelist playing at being a perceptive 14-year-old, and the earnestness of a 14-year-old who seems doomed to a life of writing." -- New York Times Sunday Book Review
"Told with poignancy and humor, The Elephant Keepers' Children is a fascinating exploration of fundamentalism versus spiritual freedom, the vicissitudes of romantic and familial love, and the triumph of the human spirit." -- Examiner
"It succeeds in being extremely funny while also wrestling with deeper philosophical questions about the role of religion in society and individual choice." -- Huffington Post