Book Club - Non-Fiction Group is discussing: Elephant Complex – Travels in Sri Lanka by John Gimlette

October 17, 2017 Non-Fiction Group is discussing: Elephant Complex – Travels in Sri
Lanka by John Gimlette
No one sees the world quite like John Gimlette. In Elephant Complex, he ventures into Sri Lanka, a
country only now emerging from twenty-six years of civil war. Beginning in the exuberant capital,
Colombo, Gimlette ventures out in all directions: to the dry zones where the island's 5,800 wild elephants

congregate around ancient reservoirs; through cinnamon country with its Portuguese forts; to the -Bible
Belt- of Buddhism; then up into Kandy, the country's eccentric, aristocratic Shangri-La. In the course of
his journey, Gimlette meets farmers, war heroes, cricketers, terrorists, a former president, survivors of
great massacres-- and perhaps some of their perpetrators. That's to say nothing of the island's beguiling
fauna: elephants, crocodiles, snakes, storks, and the greatest concentration of leopards on Earth. Here is a
land of beauty and devastation, a place at once heavenly and hellish-- all brought to vibrant, fascinating
life here on the page.

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Event Date 10-17-2017 6:00 pm
Event End Date 10-17-2017 8:00 pm
Location
Kona Stories Book Shop
78-6831 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Kona Stories Book Shop
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