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  • Title: Elephantoms: Tracking the Elephant
  • Author: Lyall Watson
  • ISBN: 9780393324594
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Paperback

  • As a child in South Africa, spending summers exploring the wild with his boyhood friends, Lyall Watson came face to face with his first elephant This entertaining and enchanting work Washington Post Book World chronicles how Watson s fascination grew into a lifelong quest to understand the nature and behavior of this impressive creature.From that moment on, Watson s fAs a child in South Africa, spending summers exploring the wild with his boyhood friends, Lyall Watson came face to face with his first elephant This entertaining and enchanting work Washington Post Book World chronicles how Watson s fascination grew into a lifelong quest to understand the nature and behavior of this impressive creature.From that moment on, Watson s fascination grew into a lifelong obsession with understanding the nature and behavior of this impressive creature Around the world, the elephant at once a symbol of spiritual power and physical endurance has been worshipped as a god and hunted for sport Watson s insights and speculations are dazzling, but what lends them power is his extraordinary knowledge of evolutionary biology and animal behavior, ethnography and South African history Wade Davis, National Geographic Society Like a shaman, Watson conjures up the spirit of the massive beast Publishers Weekly , documents the animal s wide ranging capabilities to remember and to mourn, and reminds us of its rich mythic origins, its evolution, and its devastation in recent history Part meditation on an elusive animal, part evocation of the power of place, Elephantoms presents an alluring mix of the mysteries of nature and the wonders of childhood.
    Lyall Watson
    Lyall Watson was a South African botanist, zoologist, biologist, anthropologist, ethologist, and author of many new age books, among the most popular of which is the best seller Supernature Lyall Watson tried to make sense of natural and supernatural phenomena in biological terms He is credited with the first published use of the term hundredth monkey in his 1979 book, Lifetide It is a hypothesis that aroused both interest and ire in the scientific community and continues to be a topic of discussion over a quarter century later.He was born in Johannesburg as Malcolm Lyall Watson He had an early fascination for nature in the surrounding bush, learning from Zulu and Kung bushmen Watson attended boarding school at Rondebosch Boys High School in Cape Town, completing his studies in 1955 He enrolled at Witwatersrand University in 1956, where he earned degrees in botany and zoology, before securing an apprenticeship in palaentology under Raymond Dart, leading on to anthropological studies in Germany and the Netherlands Later he earned degrees in geology, chemistry, marine biology, ecology and anthropology He completed a doctorate of ethology at the University of London, under Desmond Morris He also worked at the BBC writing and producing nature documentaries.Around this time he shortened his name to Lyall Watson He served as director of the Johannesburg Zoo, an expedition leader to various locales, and Seychelles commissioner for the International Whaling Commission In the late 1980s he presented Channel 4 s coverage of sumo tournaments.Lyall Watson began writing his first book, Omnivore during the early 1960s while under the supervision of Desmond Morris, and wrote than 20 others.


    Jill Boniske
    If you love elephants this is required reading. It also happens to be a wonderful autobiography with elephants in Africa.

    Claire Berry
    I liked the start of this book and his reminiscing as a child, living free and exploring the great outdoors, and then stumbling upon an elephant! But like many other reviewers have mentioned, towards the end it got very science-y / waffly / went off on tangents and had me thinking "just get to the point already!" I love reading about elephants and elephant behavior but if that is what you are looking for, there are better books out there (in my opinion) that than this one. I did love reading abo [...]

    This book was an amazing true story and gave me an incredible insight into not only elephants but the author's experiences with them. Watson writes like a poet, with emotion coloring his memories. It's a true shame he is no longer with us.

    Ross Bishop
    One of the more exceptional books I have ever read. The consciousness of elephants is extraordinary and generally dismissed because they are animals. Lyall grew up with them and speaks eloquently to their power. Well worth your time to read!

    Maiko Morii
    I'm not familiar to Lyall Watson's fame.At least I like this book overflowed for love elephants.

    More a personal meditation on than a strict natural history of elephants, author Lyall Watson traces back his interest in them to a free-roaming childhood on the South African Cape coast of a couple of generations ago. His concern is not only with the elephant itself but also our perceptions and interactions with them both in reality and in thought. He compares the additional sensory powers that elephants and other animals possess to our own. He also examines the ability of the elephant to survi [...]

    While beautifully written, this book was more about Watson's personal journey and the development of his ideas than it was about elephants, which was my main interest in reading it. The book is rich in detail and fascinating anecdote about elephants, but presented in a way that you must read and find them like treasures rather than having an organized set of chapters that might lead you directly to them. A map of the regions Watson describes so wonderfully would also have been welcome, along wit [...]

    So far I am impressed. This is a book that I am reading for my bookclub (who generally pick heavy literature) so I always enter a book selection with much trepidation. However, I marvel at how engaging this non-fiction book about the history of the elephants is. The author is very lyrical. I will report back after finishing the book!

    Kim Stallwood
    This is not about elephants, as I thought, but it's a book about the author, Lyall Watson, and his relationship with elephants. Although it is very well written and is interesting at times, I found Elephantoms to be a work irrelevant to my needs for my research on elephants. Which isn't to say it's a bad book -- just one that didn't work for me.

    Jacqueline Mortlock
    Like all Lyall's books, I read Elephantoms in 2 sittings, forgetting everything around me, completely absorbed in the gentle magic of his writing Lyall Watson has sadly passed, but his books (to me) are like putting a seashell against my ear and listening to the Universe whispering its wisdom :)

    Sharon Baxter
    Much to love about this book; most likely you are already an 'elephant-lover' if you decide to read this; afterward, you will actually be 'in love' with them! Love that scientist/naturalist Lyall Watson is a gifted writer, and that he weaves pre-history, evolution, botanyyou name it o a most readable book.

    This book immediately drew me into it and I eagerly read and could not put it down! Then I came to the last part and my interest began to wane as the writing became more circuitous, conjecture-filled, and less authentic. The tender story of the beginning devolves into something so amorphous it is hard to follow. Also a map would be a definite plus, at least on the inside cover!

    Watson writes a very fine and timely narrative-- given the recent abhorrent slaughter of Cecil the lion--about elephants weaving in childhood memories with scientific and historical facts that made for enjoyable reading. He does however stray from the path--if you will--when he talks towards the end of the book of these possible "supernatural' aspects involving these marvelous animals.

    It was lovely, imaginative and interesting at the beginning, but by the end, I felt too bogged down by all the science, so the story was sort of fragmented and cluncky, rather than smooth, like it was at the start.

    This is a most informative, heart rending, and yet hopeful book about elephants. The anecdotes of elephant encounters from his childhood and young adulthood are magical, descriptive and full of love for the creatures. A good book.

    Saz Gee
    I wish I had written this book, it says everything I could ever want to about elephants and our reaction to them: "They shuffle through our lives, keeping grave appointments at the other end of the world".

    I happened upon this book because of a brief recommendation from one friend to another on Facebook. I usually read novels and don't really have a bent for science stuff, but Elephantoms intrigued me and held my attention from beginning to end.

    Believe it or notI like elephants and found this work of non-fiction fascinating. If you've been 'up close', i.e. with no zoo bars between you and the elephant you will find the story believable and thrilling. If you haven'tyou should do so while you can.


    I'm not usually a fan of Lyall Watson's writing (the supernatural science aspect) but this blew my mind. Maybe the subject matter, definitely the research and writing style, did the trick.

    I will never forget the story of the lone elephant near the ocean having rumbling conversations with a whale

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