In The Tusk That Did the Damage, Tania James has crafted a heartbreaking novel told from several perspectives: “The Elephant,” known as the Gravedigger; Emma, “The Filmmaker;” and Manu, “The Poacher.” The timeline was occasionally hard to follow – the story jumped back and forth from present to recent past. The Gravedigger’s portion was mostly told through his life leading up to the time period in focus for Emma and Manu.
The great tragedy of the poaching industry is put into sharp focus not only by the majestic nature of the elephant but also the depth of understanding and emotion these animals likely feel – they have long memories, and can live incredibly long lives. They are also god-like in their enormity, and it would be impossible for them not to accidentally kill humans – we are like road kill to them.
In any case, you shoud read this novel if:
- You are looking for a quick, meaningful read.
- You enjoy reading about lives very different from your own and learning about other cultures through fiction.
- You can easily relate to a story from an animal’s point of view.
- You prefer your fiction to have a lot of truth in it.
Don’t read this if:
- You are looking for something light and funny to read.
- You have issues with multiple points of view.
- You prefer predictable storylines.
- You couldn’t get through Bambi after his mother was killed.
Many thanks to TLC Book Tour and Netgalley for providing a copy of the book to read and review.