Trunk Call
by
Gosta Kruse
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ISBN Number: NA
Format:
Hardback with dustjacket
Number of Pages:
137
Publication Date:
1962
Publisher:
Elek Books Limites

Elephants are the largest and heaviest land creatures and they are possessed of a degree of dignity and intelligence unequalled by any other animal. Gosta Kruse, one of the world's greatest trainers, has worked with them for twenty years, and in this book he tells of his experiences and of the friendship that can exist between man and elephant.

Kruse was still a young boy when he began to train elephants, and he quickly found that the training was by no means one-sided. It soon became clear to him that elephants are well able to think for themselves and to give the trainer a few mischievous lessons of their own. However, at the age of seventeen he felt sufficiently sure of himself and his two four-ton elephants to set off on a tour with the Swedish Zoo Circus, first in Scandinavia and then across Europe. This was soon after the war, when problems of food and transport for the men, let alone the elephants, were almost insuperable. But Kruse managed to keep the act going, and met with tremendous success wherever he went.

For the last ten years Kruse has presented his elephants in the ring of Bertram Mills' Circus. He catches well the atmosphere of the tenting life, its gaiety and colour, its sense of freedom when the sky is blue and the circus is on the move. But most of all he conveys the spirit of the unique affinity which links him to his fascinating, temperamental, beloved animals.

Condition: Photographic plates throughout. Original dust jacket very good, with some general wear and minor tears at the top, and a little rubbing to edges, not price-clipped. Hard-back binding, very good. Contents clean and tight. A very good tight copy. Click photograph above for close up of book that is for sale.
 

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