Bad Elephant Far Stream

Bad Elephant Far Stream

by Samuel Hawley


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The story of a circus elephant's journey through life

Bad Elephant Far Stream is an animal story for adults, a novel about the odyssey of a circus elephant, told from her own perspective, through her own eyes. Inspired by the true story of the circus elephant Topsy, it begins in the forests of Ceylon in the late 1860s with the capture of a baby elephant known to her own kind as Far Stream. She is taken to America and sent to the Adam Forepaugh Circus in Philadelphia. There, Far Stream embarks on a new life under the big top, appearing as "Topsy," part of Forepaugh's famed elephant dancing quadrille. She crisscrosses North America for thirty years with the circus, experiencing hardships, kidnapping, escapes and adventure. But when she comes to outweigh her keepers by a factor of forty-it's hard not to hurt somebody. It's hard not to be "bad."

Praise for Bad Elephant Far Stream

"Meticulously researched and well important story...I urge people to read this book." (Stewart McFarlane, author of Of Mice and Zen: Animal Encounters in the Life of a Wandering Buddhist)

"Intriguing and haunting...Moving and thought-provoking ... an intense and emotional novel. A highly recommended read." (Shalini's Book Reviews)

"Well researched, well written and compelling...gripping, heart felt, and filled with compassion." (Lynelle Clark Aspired Writer)

"Far Stream captured my heart immediately...I enjoyed this book so much that I had to research the story further." (The Writers Lounge)

"This historically significant novel is one that will stick with me for a long while. It's a must read for those who enjoy this genre." (Pure Jonel: Bibliographic Ramblings of a Bookworm)

"I found myself having a hard time putting down the book as I wanted to find out what would happen next. Topsy's story was just that engrossing." (If It Has Words)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780992078607
Publisher: Conquistador Press
Publication date: 10/25/2013
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Samuel Hawley was born and grew up in South Korea, the son of missionary parents. After earning BA and MA degrees in history from Queen's University, he returned to East Asia to teach English for a year and ended up staying there for nearly two decades before retiring in Kingston, Ontario to become a full-time writer. He is the author of the nonfiction books Speed Duel: The Inside Story of the Land Speed Record in the Sixties, which received starred reviews in both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal; I Just Ran: Percy Williams, World's Fastest Human, named one of the five "Best Sports Books of 2011" by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation); and the monumental The Imjin War, the most comprehensive account in English of Japan's sixteenth-century invasion of Korea and attempted conquest of China, hailed as "magnificent" by the South China Morning Post. Bad Elephant Far Stream is his first novel.

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Bad Elephant Far Stream 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
The opening chapter clearly demonstrates the stupid inhumanity of man. What follows is little better, and indicts the not only those who stole elephants and other animals from their homes and family but also the populace who encouraged and demanded that the practice continue for their own entertainment. The largest part of the book is told from the animal's perspective and should make every reader disgusted and angry. I won a free ebook courtesy of a Goodreads Giveaway.
SusieH5 More than 1 year ago
This was an absorbing story of an elephant and its life with a circus.   Often treated badly, separated from its elephant family, there are harrowing scenes of extreme hardship.   The elephant, Far Stream, was born in the wild, but kidnapped, sold, subjected to a long sea voyage rough enough for seasickness.  Renamed Baby Annie, she was trained to perform in a circus.   The story of her life, with its many ups and downs, made for an interesting read.   I was given a free copy in return for an honest review.
sportzmomof5 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a book told through the eyes of an elephant. I found myself tearing up as I read some of the abuse of the animal. The author made you feel as if you were the animal and you find yourself immersed in the life of Far Stream. It is a well written tale and captures from the first to the last page. Look forward to reading more from this author.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This extremely well written novel really makes you stop and think.  It was very well researched and put together, leading to a seamless whole.  It is simultaneously haunting and enchanting, leading you through the life of this remarkable elephant.  Hawley broke my heart with the prologue and I spent the entire novel with my heart on my sleeve.  His low key descriptions paint this world infront of the audience, allowing them to immerse themselves fully into the tale.  The characters in this tale were developed in a natural manner that really helped to carry the story forward.  It was also very unique to read this story from Far Stream’s POV.  Hawley manages to do this in a very realistic yet emotionally engaging manner. As a whole this historically significant novel is one that will stick with me for a long while.  It’s a must read for those who enjoy the genre.   Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.