Review by: ian biro on May 21, 2013 :
This is a story about an Englishman called Michael Falcon who went to Thailand, and found an unspoilt paradise in the northern province of Isan. It’s also very much about his legendary son, the incredible baby elephant, Changnoi.
From suburban south Manchester to the seedy streets of Bangkok and the relatively unspoilt islands of Ko Sichang and Ko Samet then back across the seas to Edinburgh and Manchester before returning to the land of the smile, and discovering a remote Isan village.
The tale is narrated at a fast and furious pace in a poetic way, and I for one, couldn’t close this book until I’d read it from cover to cover. Of course this adventure wouldn’t have been possible without Mok, the mother of the famous Changnoi and the faithful woman behind the intrepid Michael.