The Elephant Keepers' Children
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: October 2012
Duration: 13 hours 48 minutes
Told from the perspective of precocious fourteen-year-old Peter, The Elephant Keepers' Children is about three siblings and how they deal with life alongside their eccentric parents. Peter's father is a vicar, his mother an artisan, and both are equally and profoundly devout. The family lives on the fictional island of FinÃ¸, where people of all faiths coexist peacefully. Yet nothing is at it seems.
When Peter's parents suddenly go missing, Peter and his siblings fear the worst-has their parents' relentless quest to boost church attendance finally put them in danger? Told with poignancy and humor, The Elephant Keepers' Children is a fascinating exploration of fundamentalism versus spiritual freedom, the vicissitudes of romantic and familial love, and the triumph of the human spirit.
Translated by Martin Aitken
"Under the madcap adventure story HÃ¸eg poses serious issues about neglected children, venal church officials, and the paths to intellectual and spiritual freedom."-Publishers Weekly