Author: Romain Gary
Translator: Seon-hee Baek
Publisher: Munhakgwa Jiseongsa
Hardcover | 630 pages | 210*148mm
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About This Book
This book was made into an indifferent and much altered movie in the late 50's. Set in Equatorial Africa after the Second World War it follows the efforts of the Frenchman Morel to save the elephant from extinction at the hands of poachers and big game hunters.
What sets this book apart is that in the course of relating the story of the African herds, Gary presents the reader with every moral dilemma faced by man today. This makes for a spiritually and intellectually uplifting read, as if Gary has somehow tapped into a force both beyond and mightier than himself. One is swept along on whole passages, each of which seems more significant than the last.
Also of interest is the coming of age of Gary's views on conservation, many of which must have seemed ludicrous to the 1950's reader. Likewise the politics of Africa are discussed with brutal honesty. "When the African has his belly full" one character tells us, "perhaps then he too will take an interest in the aesthetic aspect of the elephant."
The Roots of Heaven has for years been my all time favorite novel. I believe it to be a book of cosmic significance, an experience of the Numinous with the potential to change lives. Over the last two decades I have urged many others to read it but, sadly, have had no success at all. Such a pity! --Amazon.com Customer Review
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