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Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived (1997)

af Ralph Helfer

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On a quiet morning in 1896, in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant were born. The boy was named Bram, the elephant Modoc. Bram was the son of a local elephant handler, and even as a child he showed signs of becoming a master handler. Modoc grew impressively beyond anyone's imagination - exceptional intelligence, massive size, and a gentleness surpassing that of even the kindest elephants. The two were raised as siblings, and when news came that the circus was being sold, thirteen-year-old Bram did the only thing he could imagine: He stowed away to be with Modoc. In the 1930s they finally arrived in New York, where for the next two decades Modoc rose to great performing fame in the center ring of the world's most popular circus. Then tragedy struck, and the lives of Modoc and Bram were forever changed. Modoc is an epic for the ages, destined to be a classic, and sure to be cherished by readers young and old.… (mere)
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Adult nonfiction; animal/love story. The author has taken enough creative license with this true story to make it read like fiction, and it has all the makings of a wonderful story--boy meets elephant, boy meets girl, boy runs off with elephant, who saves his life, and adventures ensue, but boy still loves girl. Unfortunately the writing is sloppy enough to detract--if you're not easily distracted by that sort of thing, you might really love this book, but if you are the type that is bothered by unclear sentence structures, you can just skip it. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Wow. LOVED it. Might be my new favorite. ( )
  pmichaud | Dec 21, 2020 |
This was a nice story especially the beginning and the end. A lot of ups and downs and it seemed all the forces of nature were against these two, then magical things would happen to make everything good, then bad, then good, then bad, then good... quite exhausting. Wouldn't put it top of my list to read.
I enjoyed the writing and the characters and the venues. ( )
  Jolene.M | Jul 30, 2020 |
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"He remembered what his father had told him,'Trees are like people and give the answers to the way of Man. They grow from the top down. Children, like treetops, have flexibility of youth, and sway more than larger adults at the bottom. They are more vulnerable to the elements, and are put to the test of survival by life's strong winds, rain, freezing cold and hot sun. Constantly challenged. As they mature, they journey down the tree, strengthening the family, until they have become big hefty branches. In the stillness below, having weathered the seasons, they now relax in their old age, no longer subject to the stress from above. It's always warmer and more enclosed at the base of a tree. The members remain protected and strong as they bear the weight and give support to the entire tree. They have the endurance.'"
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  juliejb9 | Sep 23, 2018 |
The story that is told in this book is an extremely heartfelt one. The book tells about a German boy named Bram who is born at the same time as his elephant Modoc. As they grow up, the two become inseparable and take several journeys together across the world in order to escape Mr. North, the American businessman who purchased the circus that Modoc worked for. When Bram hears the news, he stows away on the ship that Modoc is on to India so the two won’t be parted. The ship is wrecked, and Modoc becomes a big help because survivors are able to float on her back. Help finally comes at the last possible moment and two are rescued and spend time at an elephantarium in India where both of them are treated with great respect. Somehow, Mr. North has been able to track them down and both Bram and Modoc are forced to flee into the Teak Forests to live with nearby villagers. After rebels take the village, Mr. North inexplicably finds them again and transports them to America. The two become stars in America, but Modoc barely survives several dangerous events and is sold without Bram’s knowledge. After ten years of being abused, Bram is miraculously able to locate Modoc, and the two live out the rest of their lives in peace.
Although a fantastic story, there is some doubt in my mind about how true it is. It is claimed to be a true story, but it lacks any verifiable evidence that this really did happen. A story like this would have made noise in the 1900’s. Especially in America during a time when the circus is pretty popular and losing an entire circus is a huge problem. There seems to be no evidence of this occurring and no documents or proof that people with these names even existed. Additionally, people in this story are somehow able to find each other almost magically. During this time period, it seems almost impossible for someone to trace a boy and an elephant in a different continent. Especially since they are hiding away from the public and in these remote places in India. Without the technology that we have today, I do not understand how it was possible to locate Bram and Modoc in such a large country. ( )
  10sterling10 | Nov 8, 2017 |
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On a quiet morning in 1896, in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant were born. The boy was named Bram, the elephant Modoc. Bram was the son of a local elephant handler, and even as a child he showed signs of becoming a master handler. Modoc grew impressively beyond anyone's imagination - exceptional intelligence, massive size, and a gentleness surpassing that of even the kindest elephants. The two were raised as siblings, and when news came that the circus was being sold, thirteen-year-old Bram did the only thing he could imagine: He stowed away to be with Modoc. In the 1930s they finally arrived in New York, where for the next two decades Modoc rose to great performing fame in the center ring of the world's most popular circus. Then tragedy struck, and the lives of Modoc and Bram were forever changed. Modoc is an epic for the ages, destined to be a classic, and sure to be cherished by readers young and old.

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