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The Resource Elephant complex : travels in Sri Lanka, John Gimlette

Elephant complex : travels in Sri Lanka, John Gimlette

Label
Elephant complex : travels in Sri Lanka
Title
Elephant complex
Title remainder
travels in Sri Lanka
Statement of responsibility
John Gimlette
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"From one of our most widely praised travel writers--author of Wild Coast and Panther Soup--an eye-opening journey through Sri Lanka that, in the author's inimitable mixture of history, observation, and interpretation, reveals the island nation to us as never before. Writing with his signature eye for the unusually telling detail, his sense of urbane wonder, and his investigative desire for the whole story, John Gimlette takes us from Sri Lanka's exuberant capital city of Colombo to the dry interior where more than 5,300 wild elephants congregate around its ancient reservoirs; from the Portuguese-built forts of cinnamon country to the tsunami-ravaged south-east; from the tea plantations of the highlands and the Shangri-la-ish city of Kandy to the desiccated Jaffna Peninsula in the north. He examines Sri Lanka's colonial history (Portuguese, British, Dutch and Arab); the centuries-old strife between Sinhalese and Tamils; and the most recent civil war, which lasted from 1983 to 2009. He describes his encounters with world-class cricketers, terrorists, a former president, ancient tribesmen, British expats, survivors of the civil war massacres, and with the island's amazing flora and fauna, including the world's greatest concentration of leopards. He discovers a place of both extravagant beauty and profound devastation, a place capable of being both heavenly and hellish at the same time, and succeeds in bringing it to vibrant, fascinating life on the page"--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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DLC
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1963-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gimlette, John
Dewey number
915.49304/32
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sri Lanka
  • Gimlette, John
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka
  • Historic sites
  • Natural history
  • TRAVEL / Asia / Southeast
  • TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues
  • HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia
Label
Elephant complex : travels in Sri Lanka, John Gimlette
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Borzoi book"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Map -- Colombo Jumbo -- All Quiet Among the Reservoir Giants -- The Cinnamon Forts -- A State of Perpetual Vacation -- The Garden in the Sky -- Kandy -- Land of Hope and Tea -- The Wild East -- Trinco, Trinco, Little Star -- Multi-barrel Love Enforcer --The Jaffna Peninsula -- The Shoes on the Shore -- Green As Ever -- Afterword
Control code
BK0017130996
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xx, 399 p.
Isbn
9780385351270
Lccn
2015033401
Other physical details
ill., map
Label
Elephant complex : travels in Sri Lanka, John Gimlette
Publication
Note
"A Borzoi book"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Map -- Colombo Jumbo -- All Quiet Among the Reservoir Giants -- The Cinnamon Forts -- A State of Perpetual Vacation -- The Garden in the Sky -- Kandy -- Land of Hope and Tea -- The Wild East -- Trinco, Trinco, Little Star -- Multi-barrel Love Enforcer --The Jaffna Peninsula -- The Shoes on the Shore -- Green As Ever -- Afterword
Control code
BK0017130996
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xx, 399 p.
Isbn
9780385351270
Lccn
2015033401
Other physical details
ill., map

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