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Hide the Elephant Paperback – October 20, 2015
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About the Author
Jonathan has written five novels: Balloon Animals 2012, Living Dead Lovers 2013, The Nobody Show 2014, Hide the Elephant 2015, Hearts Anonymous, 2016. Lighthouse Jive coming December 2016. Admittedly, Jonathan has done things arse-ways most of his life, from completing a BA in Literature in his thirties to fitting teeth brackets (30's, porcelain). During this general confusion, Jonathan has had various short stories published. Jonathan realized that he had a penchant for scribbling when, as a child, he would join the items on his mother's shopping list into a narrative: the carrots were soon blaming the cabbage for the murder. Jonathan suffers from photophobia though has a tendency towards fireworks. Originally from Limerick, Ireland, he now lives the reclusive life in Toledo, Spain, as a bearded hermit, with his wife and two daughters. Day job: TEFL English teacher.
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With that out of the way, I love this book. And Mick. And Sinbad. And Sammy Davis Jr. And Gearoid. And Smiler too (who<i> doesn't </i> love itineraries?!)
We meet our heroes on a life-changing day, and while it does take a little while to get from the life-altering mistake to the Big Adventure, it feels right that it should: the feelings (all the feels, really) are necessary to justify the good guys their slightly illegal road (field?) trip. I was anxious to start the Adventure, and wish we readers had more Adventure-time with Mick and Sinbad (and Gearoid and Sammy), but I get why we needed the slightly extended into.
Their hero journey through Ireland is amazing, and one that would make Bill Moyers proud. I want "the lost adventures" sequel where we get to spend more time with them on the run/free.
This book was so sad (main character has Alzheimer's, there is NO way around this if the author is halfway decent and unfortunately for my eyes, Jonathan Dunne is fullway awesome), so much fun (there is an elephant jailbreak forgodssake), and very suspenseful...I really could only imagine one way this was going to end (and lucky for me and this reading, I was wrong).
Basically, it has everything: fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles... or at least 7 of these, loosely speaking. And it is really well written to boot! Slight deus ex machina moment...but it really does not detract.
If you like elephants, adventure, great characters, heartwrenching friendships, suspense, elephants, Joseph Campbell, elephants, or lovely writing, then pick up this book asap
Mick can't bear being without his elephant, Sinbad. One night he takes Sinbad from the zoo and the two of them find adventure.
This book is as delightful as it is sad. I'm glad I read it.
This book has quite a bit of hidden depth, but it is also a great read and moves along quite quickly. I did agree with another reviewer that the ending seemed somewhat contrived. But I couldn't think of a different ending that would satisfy without being just too sad, especially after I spent all that time rooting for Nick and Sinbad. So I have to give the author extra credit for nicely wrapping up a difficult situation.