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Book Review - The Road To Elephants by Maram Taibah
The Road To Elephants
A Novella by Maram Taibah
In 1920’s Saudi Arabia, Yasmine and Yunis live in a sheltered mansion in the countryside. Their parents are in Java and haven’t been back for five years. They’re under the care of the formidable nanny, Dada Afra, who keeps a strap in the dining room for when they’re the most naughty. One day, when they hear about a circus that travelled down from Jordan, Yasmine and Yunis decide to run away and join it. With the promise of magic, intrigue and unspeakable weirdness, the road to the circus leads them through town and into the open wild. Yasmine and Yunis meet strange people and strange things and there’s a lurking danger they could never have imagined. For the chance to live a life free of dadas, where there are tigers and elephants and playtime past 6 O’clock, Yasmine and Yunis would go on for miles. Will the circus be the haven they seek?
The writer protrays a realistic view point of a young girls emotions and thoughts living under strict and harsh regime ran by the nanny while her parents are away on a pilgramage.
When she hears a circus is in town it fuels her dreams and she plans to escape. She encounters danger on several different levels. There is one harrowing scene in the book which some readers might find disturbing.
The moral of the story is that the grass is not always greener on the other side. For a short story this was full of emotion and feeling.