In 1551, King Joao III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an
unusual wedding present: an elephant named Solomon. The
elephant's journey from Lisbon to Vienna serves as the
foundation for this witty tale of friendship and adventure.
"It would be hard to more highly recommend a novel to be downed in a single draft...Simply, this books flows, and keeps on flowing." --"The New York Times " "His most optimistic, playful, humorous and magical book, a grace note written near the end of his life..."The Elephant's Journey "is a tale rich in irony and empathy, regularly interrupted by witty reflections on human nature and arch commentary on the powerful who insult human dignity." -- "Los Angeles Times " "Saramago...spun this whimsical yet compulsively readable tale...it's a perfect example of why [he] will be remembered as a master of surreal, enchanting prose." -- "GQ " "A picaresque romp that gleefully skewers the benighted souls clinging to outmoded worldviews while breathtaking new realities unfold right in front of them." -- "Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel"