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The Elephant Keepers' Children❰PDF / Epub❯ ☂ The Elephant Keepers' Children Author Peter Høeg – Varanus.us Peter and Tilte are trying to track down two notorious criminals their parents They are the pastor and the organist, respectively, of the only church on the tiny island of Fin Known for fabricating ch Peter and Tilte are trying to track down two notorious criminals their parents They are the pastor and the organist, respectively, of the only church on the tiny island of Fin Known for fabricating cheap miracles to strengthen their congregation s faith, they have been in trouble before But this time their children suspect they are up to mischief on a far greater scale When The Elephant MOBI :µ Peter and Tilte learn that scientific and religious leaders from around the world are assembling in Copenhagen for a conference, they know their parents are up to something Peter and Tilte s quest to find them exposes conspiracies, terrorist plots, an angry bishop, a deranged headmaster, two love struck police officers, a deluded aristocrat and much along the wayPart adventure story, part study of human nature, The Elephant Keepers Children is a delightful and thought provoking novel from the prizewinning Danish author Peter H eg.

The Elephant Keepers' Children ePUB ó The Elephant
  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • The Elephant Keepers' Children
  • Peter Høeg
  • English
  • 22 February 2019
  • 1846555841

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  1. says:

    I regret to say that I didn t really enjoy this book, The Elephant Keepers Children by Peter Hoeg, that I won on Goodreads, and I ll tell you why the prose was overwrought and overcomplicated, and it made me feel like I was stupid, and keep in mind, the narrator is a fourteen year old boy, and shouldn t sound like he is a Rhodes scholar there are far too many characters to keep track of and I kept getting confused because the prose was so confusing to me, I barely even absorbed what was happen I regret to say that I didn t really enjoy this book, The Elephant Keepers Children by Peter Hoeg, that I won on Goodreads, and I ll tell you why the prose was overwrought and overcomplicated, and it made me feel like I was stupid, and keep in mind, the narrator is a fourteen year old boy, and shouldn t sound like he is a Rhodes scholar there are far too many characters to keep track of and I kept getting confused because the prose was so confusing to me, I barely even absorbed what was happening I honestly felt the author was trying to purposely use huge words to sound intelligent, when in reality he didn t have to do such a thing it came across to me as a total condemnation of religion and society that depends on a higher powerI really tried to give it a chance, but it just wasn t for me


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    People who know me well know that one of my least favorite topics of conversation is religion It varies in importance from person to person, so I find it impolite to probe into the religious workings or non workings of the majority of individuals Perhaps this has something to do with the extremes to which faith is wielded by a variety of people why is it that talk of God is so frequently usurped as a means to an end rather than a means to improvement It is this question that is poised so pla People who know me well know that one of my least favorite topics of conversation is religion It varies in importance from person to person, so I find it impolite to probe into the religious workings or non workings of the majority of individuals Perhaps this has something to do with the extremes to which faith is wielded by a variety of people why is it that talk of God is so frequently usurped as a means to an end rather than a means to improvement It is this question that is poised so playfully at the center of The Elephant Keepers Children by Peter H eg.Skip straight to the recipe inspired by this book.Fourteen year old Peter Fin is brokenhearted His dream girl, Conny, has been whisked away from their fictional Danish island, Fin , by stardom His parents work in the church as pastor and organist and have a history of, shall we way, overdoing it in an effort to boost church attendance Peter s older sister Tilte is obsessed with death and, as such, constantly thinking of ways to prepare herself and others for that eternal eventuality His brother Hans is an oblivious stargazer whose infrequent gear shifts into rage could kill a man The motley crew of characters is somewhat jumbled and happy, as families are, but let s not forget Basker III, the Fin family s pet dog who is always around but somehow never a burden.Faith, or rather, a variety of faiths is one of Fin s defining factors along with its mix of churches, 18th century abodes and a deep, dark forest On Fin , Christianity is king, but many other religions exist peacefully alongside it and that means the children,than anyone, are accepting of differing perspectives This attitude is put to the test when a vast gathering of all the world s religions, The Grand Synod, takes the stage in Copenhagen, and a dismal plan is set in place to derail this global expression of religious collaboration and tolerance As Peter, Tilte and the others slowly unravel the mystery of what threatens the Grand Synod, they must face their own fears, challenge authority and, worst of all, figure out their parents role in the whole thing.The Elephant Keepers Children is a sort of meandering romp through a series of serious topics such as religion, death, drugs, crime, and sex With little Peter at the helm, though, that which would feel heavy around the dinner table is surprisingly light and enjoyable through the eyes of a precocious teenager Snarky, self contradictory, soul searching and unexpectedly wise, Peter is a lovable hero, whose bravery exceeds his size and whose deadpan criticism is so funny, it makes you wish you would be the subject of it sometime.Classically speaking, detectives are not 14 year old footballers and their 16 year old aspiring therapist sisters But Peter Fin and company lay that slow, clue based, methodical investigator archetype to rest Despite numerous flashbacks, asides, and ostensibly irrelevant details, The Elephant Keepers Children keeps a steady pace, tackling at once the notion that children are less wise than adults, as well as many of the social issues that worry society today.This is the sort of book that you want to see as a movie, if only to fall in love with the boy Peter and witness his hijinks as he goes from discovering his parents disappearance to preventing a catastrophe Then you realize that without the side trips into Peter and Tilte s pasts, without the history and the anecdotes, this story would be flat, uninteresting, and typical But each of Peter s digressions comes full circle, and it is the mastery of weaving in H eg s storytelling that makes The Elephant Keepers Children pure magic


  3. says:

    I very much enjoy this author s work, even though I generally have to read a title at least twice to be anywhere close to understanding the complexities of his ideas and plots So I was not sure what to expect here and was pleasantly surprised to find that I was getting it right from the start This is the story of Peter, older sister Tilte, older brother Hans, and what happens in their lives when their parents disappear It is full of fantastical characters and events, and quite often stretch I very much enjoy this author s work, even though I generally have to read a title at least twice to be anywhere close to understanding the complexities of his ideas and plots So I was not sure what to expect here and was pleasantly surprised to find that I was getting it right from the start This is the story of Peter, older sister Tilte, older brother Hans, and what happens in their lives when their parents disappear It is full of fantastical characters and events, and quite often stretches the reader s ability to believe that everything happening is plausible It is also hilariously funny, thought provoking, and outrageously goofy all at the same time I was having a blast until I got to about page 350 or so Then the story took a turn that I simply could not justify, and it all began to feel forced, as if the author wanted out of his own book and was coming up with something, anything in order to get his people where they needed to be in order to be done Until that point I was thinking 4 or maybe even 5 stars But both my interest and my willingness to believe fizzled and I have decided three stars is plenty And the book will go onto my dar shelf to be given away No matter how much I might have liked Peter and his bizarre family for most of the book, I would not be able to re read, knowing what I know about the final chapters.This is the fifth book by this author that I have read Smillas s Sense Of Snow was pre GR and the third that I was disappointed with I think that is enough of a signal from The Book Universe that enough is enough Someday I will re re read Smilla s to be able to write a review for it, and I will probably read Borderliners again because I was terribly impressed with that one, but otherwise my adventures with Peter are through


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    I have found a door out of the prison So begins this tale full of unexpected humor, adventure, intrigue, and the search for transcendence Peter, Tilte, and Hans grew up in a rectory Their father is the pastor of a church on the tiny island of Fino, and their mother plays the organ when she s not busy inventing gadgets Both of their parents are elephant keepers, by which the children mean that they have something inside them that is much bigger than themselves and over which they have no co I have found a door out of the prison So begins this tale full of unexpected humor, adventure, intrigue, and the search for transcendence Peter, Tilte, and Hans grew up in a rectory Their father is the pastor of a church on the tiny island of Fino, and their mother plays the organ when she s not busy inventing gadgets Both of their parents are elephant keepers, by which the children mean that they have something inside them that is much bigger than themselves and over which they have no control This has led, in the past, to the concoction of fake miracles and at least one brush with the law When their parents disappear, the children know that the elephants inside them must be driving them to do something desperate.Peter tells the story, though he is largely dragged along by his older sister, Tilte, who says that teachers only complain about her because they feel squeezed by the breadth of my personality This personality and her ability to turn every situation on its head with a few words add a sense of madcap hilarity to the proceedings as the children escape from the authorities, search for clues to their parent s plans, and enact a rescue mission.The story is told conversationally, and with multiple digressions per chapter, so that at times the whole thing can seem like a labyrinth of words But the tangents are rarely pointless, even if the point is somethingphilosophical than immediately relevant to the plot Be prepared to go along for the ride, even when it s unclear where you re heading.As they travel in search of an answer to their problem, they meet characters from a variety of religious backgrounds, the island of Fino being a virtual paradise of religious diversity Most of the people they meet end up helping them, willingly or not, because these children are difficult to deny There is a verse of the Koran, says one character It says that small devils are often the worst And yet they require the greatest mercy


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    I m giving this 2 stars even though this was a DNF some readers will enjoy wading through the dense prose, the constant diversions and the overlong sentencesthan I did What I got out of the first 1 4 of the book was this was a world populated by slightly quirky people, with some sort of magical realism going on Not paranormal, butpsychological magic Here s one reason for the DNF all too often our hero narrator says I ll get to that in a moment or I ll explain that later in I m giving this 2 stars even though this was a DNF some readers will enjoy wading through the dense prose, the constant diversions and the overlong sentencesthan I did What I got out of the first 1 4 of the book was this was a world populated by slightly quirky people, with some sort of magical realism going on Not paranormal, butpsychological magic Here s one reason for the DNF all too often our hero narrator says I ll get to that in a moment or I ll explain that later in muchornate language Other reasons I didn t buy that Tilte was such a force of nature, or that this island was so filled with bizarre people a Buddhist nun phone sex guru computer expert all rolled in one.ARC provided by publisher


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    Stephen King once wrote an article describing why we crave horror stories, concluding that the darker cravings of one s nature can be suppressed as long as we occasionally indulge those desires E.g., you can keep the alligators under your mind s trap door as long as you remember to feed the gators So, if Mr King is to be trusted and with his imagination for dark things, I would trust him on this front we all have a split nature with our gators and the nice world of churches and daisies t Stephen King once wrote an article describing why we crave horror stories, concluding that the darker cravings of one s nature can be suppressed as long as we occasionally indulge those desires E.g., you can keep the alligators under your mind s trap door as long as you remember to feed the gators So, if Mr King is to be trusted and with his imagination for dark things, I would trust him on this front we all have a split nature with our gators and the nice world of churches and daisies that we want to show our children In Peter H eg s The Elephant Keepers Children, those foibles are called elephants, and they impact those we love farthan we re sometimes willing to admit even to ourselves We re all elephant keepers H eg s quiet observations about human nature, casually tossed in amid a wild adventure tale filled with humor and voice, make readers wonder what is my elephant Set on the fictional idyllic island of Fin and in the twisted streets of Copenhagen, the novel is told in quick paced present tense by fourteen year old Peter as he and his sister Tilte as they evade protectors to search for their parents, who have suddenly disappeared By no means is it a kidnapping situation, though their parents are oddballs, to say the least, and this is not the first time they ve disappeared The siblings evade child protective services and policemen to reach the mainland just in time to subvert a dangerous plot, though they re unsure of the real villains.H eg s telling is incredibly fast paced and the first two hundred pages fly by before you know it the book is nearly 500 pages long and admirably well paced, probably courtesy of some great editing The characters are vivid and colorful enough to be fairytales themselves, from the death focused but adventurous Tilte to the eccentric drug obsessed Count Rickardt Three Lions to the Buddhist hacker Leonora Ticklepalate The entire book wears a hat of whimsy, as evidenced by the characters surnames, and the humor is refreshingly and liberally sprinkled throughout.However, like any excellent novel, there is an underlying current of darkness Peter, Tilte and their socially awkward older brother Hans feel that their flaky parents have sort of abandoned them to grow up on their own, neglecting them even when they were all together As a result, Peter and Tilte have both had relationships that ended disastrously and are magnetically interdependent, and Hans is chronically alone and can barely even speak to women Nonetheless, love is apparent between the family members, and attempting to figure out what kind of love it is becomes a puzzle for readers throughout.Not that there s not enough else to entertain The love story between police officers Lars and Katinka as viewed from the outside is remarkably sweet and fun to watch develop, and the saga of Maria from Maribo becomesandridiculous as the book progresses I won t spoil too much of it.In all honesty, plot wise, the book is not that complicated Much of the time is spent explaining the brief histories of hundreds of different things as they appear, or diverting for a bit to review the history of the offenses of Peter s parents Because the novel is told first person and in a present tense, it flows a bit like someone telling a story over several cups of coffee at a dinner table, with rabbit trails and tangents occasionally cropping up but not distracting too much from the overall tale.The ending is also of note, for how bittersweet and beautifully executed it is We only meet Peter s parents for a split second during the actual novel, but during the final epilogue segment when happy endings are supposed to happen, the suddenly grave and mature Peter begins to reflect about the endings of things We all know our childhoods have to end at some point, but this final chapter is painful for all of us who have been ignoring it I don t want to give too much away because of the way the book builds to that final moment, but it is incredibly beautiful.In short, we re all elephant keepers And life is an elephant keeper, too thewe live and explore it, thewe find out its faults and foibles.The Elephant Keepers Children is available on the Kindle for 8.99 or in paperback for 13.76 My library had a copy readily available because it s nearly four years old now, but there ought to be one floating around in your library system if you live in a town of any size This one really is worth a read, and as stated above, it doesn t feel all that long despite the thickness


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    I read half of this book I really wanted to get through it, but the library wanted it back I had had it for 9 weeks and was just sitting on it Clearly, with that being said, it was a rough one for me to get into and, truly, to even understand It is reminiscent of the old crazy writing of Tom Robbins Still Life with Woodpecker or the one about the chick with the big thumb Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Just very surreal and I felt like I was in a funhouse the whole time I wasn t certain if I read half of this book I really wanted to get through it, but the library wanted it back I had had it for 9 weeks and was just sitting on it Clearly, with that being said, it was a rough one for me to get into and, truly, to even understand It is reminiscent of the old crazy writing of Tom Robbins Still Life with Woodpecker or the one about the chick with the big thumb Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Just very surreal and I felt like I was in a funhouse the whole time I wasn t certain if I was supposed to take the story seriously or if I was missing the joke What I could surmise was a story of children who had been left behind by their eccentric parents, great figures in their land, who run from aristocrats with ridiculous names that for the life of me I can t remember now All I remember is kids being chased everywhere, but somehow fooling everyone and escaping time and again I expect one day I shall try again but I suppose I am in aserious frame of mind these days and found this silliness just plain wasteful of my time


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    This week I ve been reading a book in Danish, by the Danish writer Peter H eg author of Miss Smilla s Feeling For Snow, The Quiet Girl, Borderliners I especially loved Borderliners, it s actually one of my favourite books The Elephant Keepers Children my translation, there s no official translation yet is in the style of mystical realism, similar to Haruki Murakami The philosophical idea behind the novel, is the thought that some of us have elephants inside of us, that we need to be ke This week I ve been reading a book in Danish, by the Danish writer Peter H eg author of Miss Smilla s Feeling For Snow, The Quiet Girl, Borderliners I especially loved Borderliners, it s actually one of my favourite books The Elephant Keepers Children my translation, there s no official translation yet is in the style of mystical realism, similar to Haruki Murakami The philosophical idea behind the novel, is the thought that some of us have elephants inside of us, that we need to be keepers for, and it is not all of us who handle this too well The book is written from the perspective of 14 year old Peter, the son of the pastor at a small, mythical island in Denmark We follow the adventures of Peter and his sister, as they try to deal with their parents and their elephants This book was good, but it s not Peter H eg s best, for that I would suggest Borderliners, or his most famous book, Miss Smilla s Feeling For Snow also sometimes under the name Smilla s Sense of Snow


  9. says:

    One of my favorite books which I reread is his Smilla s Sense of Snow, but I only just tolerated this book I am always suspicious of translations as feel they cannot represent the author s true voice, but since I do not read Danish, have no choice The faults in this book I will therefore blame on his translator, chief among them the stupidly distracting character names The plot is fantastical, but I might have accepted it were the names reasonable They were ludicrous, unnecessary, and dimini One of my favorite books which I reread is his Smilla s Sense of Snow, but I only just tolerated this book I am always suspicious of translations as feel they cannot represent the author s true voice, but since I do not read Danish, have no choice The faults in this book I will therefore blame on his translator, chief among them the stupidly distracting character names The plot is fantastical, but I might have accepted it were the names reasonable They were ludicrous, unnecessary, and diminished the reading experience as created an artificially farcical setting which disallowed any reasonable reading of the book A shame as many of his observations were magically revealing and insightful, but a wasted opportunity to create a bookto my liking Surprisingly disappointing, even the underdeveloped theme of the title


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    Fun absurdist romp I really liked the voice of the narrator, Peter This has the same peculiar sense of humour deadpan philosophical that seems to be a Scandinavian thing It reminded me of both Doppler and The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared.But I think that Hoeg doesn t use his time very well At over 500 pages, the story could have got much larger and crazier, or else he could have edited it down to a tighter 300 to 350 pages.

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