A lion does not try and eat legumes, nor an elephant meat. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Friendship and love on a huge scale...wonderful book. Unable to add item to List. Haven't we all heard of or read touching stories about close unique relationships between an elephant and a person? Nature hears one voice and obeys it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The stories that rationalizing and excuses can’t solve…. I just finished this book, and throughout, was struck by the unbelievability of the close calls that Modoc saved them from, the 2 perfect little Harelequin-style romances, the fictionally-bad bad guys, the errors in basic Indian geography and Indian culture, the repeated references to sweating elephants (they don't sweat). Not Bram's birthday or death, or many other dates of great significance. The moment I started reading it I was wincing at how bad the writing was. Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2017. How is he finding so many people in disparate rural areas of India who can all speak English? Modoc was born and Josef was still prouder, knowing that Modoc was a very special elephant from the get-go. Please try your request again later. The beauty of this story was in the simpleness and in the emotions that Helfer described and in which you felt. And not even well-written fiction. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. I did feel that the book had an undertone of sadness, but it is one of those griefs that is worthy and even worthwhile. However, I thought to myself, surely the story will get better and that will carry me through. If you love elephants, go to Africa. It is a story about an elephant and a boy born on the same day. Modoc is the joint biography of a man and an elephant born in a small German circus town on the same day in 1896. I'm stunned that so many people rated this so highly, and without questioning any or all of its validity. I think Helfer based some aspects of the story on true events, but took a lot of creative liberty with ~70% of the book. I wasn't touched, I didn't cry, and I didn't emotionally react to any of the one-dimensional characters. Under water. Written, not particularly well, by someone who met the boy some 60 years later. The Idea: The Seven Elements of a Viable Story for Screen, Stage or Fiction. Seems that the "author" is claiming non-fiction, but this story is terribly contrived and rings as untrue in almost every chapter. Shipwrecks, fires, poisoning, terrorist revolutionary uprisings, teak forests, upspritualism and an anazing love story between one man and his elephant! Let's get this straight -- after floating in water during a hurricane for many days, the boy refuses to get on a boat to go to safety because the elephant can't come. So I held off until I was finished to do an internet search and found out that the author made it all up! Modoc: True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived - Ebook written by Ralph Helfer. Seriously? Although the main character, a boy named Bram, and Modoc the elephant are sympathetic, likeable characters, their personalities weren't. That’s Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani human rights... A captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure that spans several decades and three continents. . You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Bram was the son of an elephant trainer, Modoc the daughter of his prize performer. -Jagrat”, Readers' Most Anticipated Books of December. He makes his own judgements and falls prey to his greed. It is a great story but I can't help but feel that had the author might better have promoted it as a work of fiction based on some degree of truth. The boy and animal grew up devoted to each other. Apparently, there was indeed an elephant named Modocthere were six documented with that name, in fact. Modoc is a captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure, to be treasured by animal lovers everywhere. At the end of the book, you find out who the author is and how he came to know this story. After a few more days of floating, he decides to give up, and just as he's dipping under the water, ready to take in a breath of water, he hears a boat motor. I was also frustrated by the. I never knew I could come to love an elephant like this! While Modoc and Bram may have existed, this account of their lives is obviously wishful, and has little basis in reality. Barnum and Bailey's is coming to town, and I'll be right there amidst the protesters. Seriously? Beginning as part of a circus family, the two spend the majority of their lives together surviving many obstacles and near-death experiences. The recently-discovered, true story of Harris Wolff, his journey to New York, survival in America's worst neighborhood and unforgettable triumph. The story did not get better. pg 317” ― quote from Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived “Katrina held Bram in her arms, speaking softly, reassuringly, as they approached baby Modoc. Start by marking “Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived” as Want to Read: Error rating book. File Size: The dialogue is positively laughable. BUT there is absolutely no way this is a true story. I was also frustrated by the number of tragic events this elephant endured! Spanning seven decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most amazing true animal stories ever told. The story did not get better. Spanning seven decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most amazing true animal stories ever told. There were many holes in the storytelling that tell of thinly crafted social situations and heavy melodrama. A captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure that spans several decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most remarkable true stories ever told, perfect for fans of The Zookeeper's Wife or Water for Elephants. This book reads like a novel, with the main character being an amazing circus elephant. I am aware that a great deal of controversy surrounded the book because the subtitle indicates that the tale is true, although it so obviously isn't. August 26th 1998 No elephant or any other wild animal should be kept as part of a circus or zoo or in any other confinement; they're "wild"; get it? I really liked this book. From the Back Cover Spanning seven decades and three continents, Modoc is one of … We’d love your help. I wanted to like this book, especially as it was recommended to me, and I do hate when I don't like something someone else really liked. After a few more days of floating, he decides to give up, and just as he's dipping under the water, ready to take in a breath of water, he hears a boat motor. This book is very plot driven. I love true animal stories and this one came highly recommended by one of my reading friends. Some basic googling revealed the not entirely unexpected results that this story was probably way more fiction than fact. Otherwise, I wouldn't have bothered wasting my time reading it. Definitely appropriate for all ages! Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. His true survival story leaves you with chills. Even the youngest of the grandchildren would realize that these crazy adventures did not really happen. Friendships come in many combinations, and unlikely ones within the animal kingdom never cease to astound, with dogs making friends with owls, and cats cozying up with mice. The cover alone should have you reading the book. I just couldn’t do it. ), You would just have to decide for yourself, Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2020. It one were teaching the meaning of anthropomorphism, giving human qualities to animals, this would be right up there on the top of the list. I am aware that a great deal of controversy surrounded the book because the subtitle indicates that the tale is true, although it so obviously isn't. This story highlights a special relationship between an elephant and a boy who were born on the same day in Germany. PS. I would say yup, I agree, and then that was the end. That is not a book review. That is why ten or ten thousand birds may rise from the surface of a lake at the same time and yet never touch one another. (Prices may vary for AK and HI.). The simply astonishing, exhilarating story—complete with high adventure, betrayal, and resurrection—of Modoc, elephant extraordinaire, told by Heifer (The Beauty of the Beasts, 1990). That was never mentioned, it would have been an important factor, but the author wanted to present that Bram was the only being that Modoc could love (this is a bit codependent). Nothing to ponder over. "Modoc" is probably the most unusual pet book I have ever read. Man only hears his own voice. I think this is a wonderful story, but it is not written well at all. What a bizarre book! How can I tell you how beautifully she dances? First, I am not really sure it's a true story. Oh, come on!! Coming to that conclusion made me feel better about the question of whether or not this story of a boy named Bram and his soulmate Modoc really existed. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives…, Modoc: True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. This book was total twaddle. We were both pretty disgusted with the sexual innuendos with reference to a 13- year old boy. The ONLY reason I read past page 3 was that this was a book club pick. Thus is the true Wabash history how Modoc became the most famous elephant in America...for one week in 1942. modocs_story.pdf. Otherwise, the story of the elephant was interesting. How did they happen to survive the shipwreck and land a short walk from the largest elephant sanctuary/hospital in the whole country. There is so much poetic license in this "true" story that it shouldn't even be on the fiction list. For starters the entire first half of the book! Although the main character, a boy named Bram, and Modoc the elephant are sympathetic, likeable characters, their personalities weren't worth wasting more of my time. or maybe i am too jaded. The Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived Study Guide contains a comprehensive summary and analysis of Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived by … Helfer has apparently trained elephants for films, but he doesn't seem to know much about how they act in the wild. A beautiful story. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived is the tale of a boy and his elephant coming of age and experiencing more in their lifetimes than most people can only dream of. The dialogue is positively laughable. It is so insanely poorly written that I cannot believe it was published. It tells the true story of a boy and an elephant, and their fight to stay together across three continents. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. And, "I love animals." For more info on the book, please Click Here Nothing to ponder over. I did feel that the book had an undertone of sadness, but it is one of those griefs that is worthy and even worthwhile. Highly disappointing and frustrating! Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2018, (Sorry readers, it has come to my attention that this is NOT a true story. Please try again. I would say yup, I agree, and then that was the end. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 2, 2017, This is a wonderful book ,best book I have read ever ,.the love and feelings between Bram and Madoc is inspiring .If only everyone had the same love for people and all animals the world would be a better place, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2019. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 17, 2015, Lovely read, brought a lump to my throat, could almost imagine. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. I gave this book one star because Mr. Helfer has passed it off as a true story, when clearly, it is not. Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2014. He is the author of The Beauty of the Beasts, and he lives in Los Angeles and Kenya, where he leads safari tours. Wow.". has been added to your Cart. Apparently, there was indeed an elephant named Modoc—there were six documented with that name, in fact. Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2019. The ONLY reason I read past page 3 was that this was a book club pick. Though at time life is tragic, Bram Gunterstein and Modoc, his elephant triumph over every bit of adversity that comes their way, living happily into old age together. I am only halfway through this book and I can hardly bear to turn one page after the other. "Modoc" is described as a "Black Stallion"-type love story between a man and an animal with elements reminiscent of Forrest Gump. What a con!!! A Los Angeles poet's hiking vacation turns deadly in soaring Mojave heat. Also, there was no character development or sense of space or time. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Great American Circus never returned to Wabash again, but the memory of its specially featured elephant lives on at Modoc’s Market. Without giving away spoilers, Modoc and Bram's story is one you'll be glad you'd read. I will not say any more as I could hardly put it down and will not spoil it for the next reader. Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived is coming out To Be Announced (TBA). I did love reading it but only because I thought it was true. Sometimes large false ears and long fiberglass tusks were put on Modoc to make her look like an African Elephant. I would have forgiven the extreme poetic license, laughable dialogue, and general editorial negligence if this book delivered what set the reader up for from the subtitle: The True. The beauty of this story was in the simpleness and in the emotions that Helfer described and in which you felt. by Harper Perennial, Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived. Raised together in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant formed a bond that would last their entire lives, and would be tested time and again; through a near-fatal shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, an apprenticeship with the legendary Mahout elephant trainers in the Indian teak forests, and their eventual rise to circus stardom in 1940s New York City. Naturalists remind us of the reality of wild elephants, pointing out how warm and fuzzy their community life is with one another and toward their young -- but making it clear that if the gaping tourists in the Land Rover get too close the dinosaur-sized creature will knock over a vehicle with ease and step on some human body parts as well. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime. Ralph Helfer is a well-known Hollywood animal trainer who was one of the first to use affection and kindness to train wild animals. It could have taken place in any time and in any country (and I don't mean that in a good way). "Exhilarating, raw, PURE...A Story we all wish we'd lived through!" One of these items ships sooner than the other. On the cover it says "The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived" which threw me off, because I had always understood that Jumbo was the greatest circus elephant ever, but its not about him. If you love books about animals, go read Old Yeller. Marketable story ideas share 7 key characteristics, in every media and genre. Spanning seven decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most amazing true animal stories ever told. There was a fire but no elephants were in the tent at the time. Each animal as in all creatures. Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. Before there was Dumbo, before but not quite before there was Toomai of the Elephants, there was Modoc and there was Bram, the boy who loved her. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Modoc: True Story of the Greatest Elephant … but overall, i felt like the book metronomed between insultingly childlike language, unbelieveably gooey and ridonkulous "love" scenes, and near-constant celestine-prophesy-eque new-ageyness. The writing is horrible. I was fascinated by the cover and the reviews. It one were teaching the meaning of anthropomorphism, giving human qualities to animals, this would be right up there on the top of the list. Spanning seven decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most amazing true animal stories ever told. By the end of the book I thought that maybe there was an elephant named Modoc with a German handler named Bram who ended up in a circus in the USA. Ralph Helfer found Modoc for sale in … Like so many other people I started googling the unfindable "facts" in the story -- and also dug a little deeper into elephant-based stories as well. 8750 Ratings A captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure that spans several decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most remarkable true stories ever told, perfect for fans of The… How is he. I could get past the writing for the story, but I was bothered by the lack of any sense of time and by the ease by which this young man made his way from continent to continent- not that the traveling itself was easy, but he had no trouble fitting in to new environments where I would expect his age and linguistic knowledge to be a barrier. Believe me, if this book had not been a book club book, I would burn it! I know I would have enjoyed it much more if I could have read it without distractions but quiet time is impossible to come by in my house. “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” It is hard to believe that this is a "true story". I mean, who can say no to amazing elephants? To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. To see what your friends thought of this book. I found the narrator off-putting through most of the book, but I forgave him because he brought me this beautiful (true!) While I read the book they felt real and, fictional or no, they awakened me to a deeper appreciation of elephants. The simply astonishing, exhilarating story—complete with high adventure, betrayal, and resurrection—of Modoc, elephant extraordinaire, told by Helfer (The Beauty of the Beasts, 1990). As a zoologist who actually works with large, exotic and wild animals for a living, I can't take any of this story seriously. I can't recommend it as nonfiction, and I'm not sure I'd recommend it as fiction either. The only reason that I finished this book was that when I went to return the book to the library and take another out before my trip I found the library closed. Spanning several decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most amazing true animal stories ever told. We read this book aloud. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. I never would have bought it knowing it was fiction. Its too bad that it was portrayed as true, because its quite an entertaining read as it is. I imagine with the elephants intelligence and family loyalty there are as many personalities and attitudes as there are situations elephants have found themselves in, whether it be a zoo, a circus, a form of daily transportation or a sanctuary. I was significantly disappointed to learn a book promoted as true was far from factual. Bought for someone who loves elephants and was much appreciated by recipient. Shipwrecks, fires, poisoning, terrorist revolutionary uprisings, teak forests, upspritualism and an anazing love story between one man and his elephant! Product Information. The only thing thats true is that the author ran an animal rental agency for the film industry and he rescued a badly neglected elephant named Modoc who might have been one of three circus elephants named Modoc. Modoc may be one of my favorite books this year. Refresh and try again. I borrowed this book from the library because I remember someone at work saying that it's the best book. How does a boy raised in rural Germany know how to speak English? When I saw this book had an average review of 4.19, I took the time to read through several of them and see what I had missed. And why would Bram write Gertie a letter saying goodbye after not writing her once before, and after knowing Sian for just a few days? It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Welcome back. They were wrong. i think maybe i have read too many books in my life to be able to like this book. Learn to master them from a writer-producer of HBO’s Band of Brothers. A captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure that spans several decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most remarkable true stories ever told, perfect for fans of The Zookeeper's Wife or Water for Elephants. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. I couldn't find evidence to prove that the elephant Modoc, the human protagonist Bram, or any of the major plot points (some of which, like a shipwreck, would certainly have been documented) were real. I highly. Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived Ralph D. Helfer, Author HarperCollins $23 (336p) ISBN 978-0-06-018257-1 More By and About This Author story. Modoc is a captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure, to be treasured by animal lovers everywhere. I highly recommend reading this book. A lot of the writing is just cheesey and literally had me rolling my eyes at times. The exciting true-sports story of three daring Derby gamblers that bet millions with the Mexican Cartel, and their desperate run for the border. As I was reading of the adventures and misadventures of Bram and Modoc, I got more and more sceptical - if they were going by boat from Germany to the US, why would they go via India? Animals were not given a power of choice. An utterly amazing true story about an elephant, Mosie, and her trainer, Bram! No way!! I felt like the writing of this story was faux-poetic in that the author was trying to be deep and moving, but was unsuccesful.

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