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The earth nourishes the sky So mankind and all forms of life are The Roots of Heaven.The novel is packed with colourful and vividly grotesque characters Humanity has not yet reached that degree of defeatism or or of loneliness, which makes it so necessary for the old ladies to console themselves with Pekingese Or with elephants, if you prefer Love of animals is one thing, but hatred for men is another, and that is what we are dealing with in our friend That s why I intend to put him under The earth nourishes the sky So mankind and all forms of life are The Roots of Heaven.The novel is packed with colourful and vividly grotesque characters Humanity has not yet reached that degree of defeatism or or of loneliness, which makes it so necessary for the old ladies to console themselves with Pekingese Or with elephants, if you prefer Love of animals is one thing, but hatred for men is another, and that is what we are dealing with in our friend That s why I intend to put him under lock and key as quickly as possible, and with a certain pleasure Man and nature One mustn t forget that human beings are the integral part of nature The main hero vehemently defends the nature and wildlife he boldly stands on the side of ideals and reason But the world is full of unscrupulous politicians ready to utilize anything and anyone to fulfill their dubious and often paranoid ambitions Odd how all great chapters in human endeavor depended at certain moments on vulgar scum Arms traffickers, spies, agents provocateurs, shady money lenders they were intimately bound up with some of mankind s noblest achievements Which did not, unfortunately, mean that having them with you was enough to guarantee success And those paranoid politicos will never believe that they are the meanest scum of them all.Every normal human being sincerely admires nature but, of course, there are some special admirers of nature Lovers of a nice shot had flocked there from all over the world, certain of getting their money s worth over fifty safaris in one month, a fine congregation of impotents, alcoholics and those females whose sexuality is so pleasantly tickled by bullfights and who reach their climax with a finger on the trigger and an eye fixed on the horn of a rhino, or the tusk of a fine male with a professional hunter at their side, just in case.Those who destroy nature destroy themselves Elephants are edible Strangely, however, I have never taken part in the eating of one, whether as a direct participant or a mere spectator, I who have eaten dogs, bats, monitor lizards, birds, snakes, and other reptiles Not even on TV, on that show by the bald American who says if it looks good, eat it.In fact, prior to this book, I didn t know that some people eat elephant meat And after I was done reading, I still did not know what is elephant meat called, like pork is to pig.Morel That s Elephants are edible Strangely, however, I have never taken part in the eating of one, whether as a direct participant or a mere spectator, I who have eaten dogs, bats, monitor lizards, birds, snakes, and other reptiles Not even on TV, on that show by the bald American who says if it looks good, eat it.In fact, prior to this book, I didn t know that some people eat elephant meat And after I was done reading, I still did not know what is elephant meat called, like pork is to pig.Morel That s that name of the Frenchman here He had to be French because the author is French Survivor of a Nazi death camp, he goes to Africa, wages a seemingly futile campaign, with his small band of misfits, to stop the wholesale killings of elephants So many hunting, and haunting, images But I had wished the author had doneresearch, and brought the elephants closer to my eyes Not just them wailing, dying by the hundreds, machine gunned en masse for their tusks I would have liked, too, adramatic ending Like Morel, escaping death in the hands of his tormentors, facing a stampede of a horde of these giant creatures, arms wide open like a crucified Christ, embracing his end with all his love Thus, the missing star.So many haunting thoughts too Do we make other living beings extinct because we are not human beings yet Do we need them, need to be friends with them, so we can complete our evolution When we save creatures like elephants from extinction do we save ourselves too And is there any point at all in this when extinction is anyway a fate that is shared by all, including man himself Morel says that all he wants is for elephants to be saved But others read hidden motives in this Maybe he s just using elephants as a symbol, a way to turn world opinion against Western colonial powers in Africa And, indeed, which isimportant, that the African nations be finally free, or that the elephants continue to roam their lands One character here says that animals like the elephants hinder Africa s development and keep it poor That people from the Western countries protest their wholesale killings and the sale of ivory only because they already enjoy the comforts of highly developed societies and would want to keep Africa and its elephants only as some kind of a zoo.Are you a nature lover Do you agree with the international ban on ivory trade Do you somehow feel a kind of spiritual or metaphysical kinship with these marvelous pachyderms Do you read novels like All Creatures Great and Small If given a chance would you like to be a member of, or at least make contributions to, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals If you answer affirmatively and enthusiastically to the above then I d like you to imagine one morning, when you wake up, you find your cars and all the other cars of your neighbors and fellow city dwellers had become elephants your well paved streets and highways had become vast savannahs with their shrubberies and greens the buildings had become giant trees your concrete and glass house had become a grass hut, nofaucet and running water because your city reservoirs had become wonderful lakes and rivers, and for you to bathe inside your house you have to go to them, only a kilometer walk away, with your pails, to fetch water, avoiding areas where crocodiles hang out.So you, the nature lover, magically now has nature surrounding you Would you not get your gun and begin shooting these damn elephants so you can get their precious ivory tusks, sell them, become rich, and live in New York The first environmentalist novel or a sum total of the conundrum of la condition humaine Morel travels in Africa in the middle of post World War II chaos, with the sole mission of protecting elephants against two enemies trophy hunters and local meat hunters As he gathers followers and enemies, people start spinning webs of rumours around him Surely, nobody dedicates a life to loving and saving NATURE There must be something else behind it Depending on personal standpoint, each individual The first environmentalist novel or a sum total of the conundrum of la condition humaine Morel travels in Africa in the middle of post World War II chaos, with the sole mission of protecting elephants against two enemies trophy hunters and local meat hunters As he gathers followers and enemies, people start spinning webs of rumours around him Surely, nobody dedicates a life to loving and saving NATURE There must be something else behind it Depending on personal standpoint, each individual who connects with Morel gives him another layer of interpretation or purpose Is his love for elephants politically motivated Does he support political independence in Africa Is he looking for fame and glory Has his time in a concentration camp driven him to complete and incurable misanthropy Step by step, authorities and local rebels as well as international photographers and adventurers try to make Morel part of their own reality, and they try to rationalise a behaviour they can t understand But Morel is one of those idealists who are happy to keep fighting for what they believe in, no matter how many obstacles they find He genuinely believes in the worthiness of his cause, and that is incomprehensible to corrupted characters.Thus, Morel remains remote His choices are challenged by professional whataboutists without him even raising an eyebrow People starving somewhere else is not his cause His cause is saving elephants Other causes can t bring him to give up his own vision and mission I think the world needsMorels for all the lost causes nobody cares about because it is not as bad as something else Taking partial responsibility for nature is mucheffective and valuable than loudly yelling What about Just like a mother does well to take care of her own children and dedicate her time to making sure they have a good childhood even while there are other children starving somewhere else, Morel continues to take care of his elephants while nations are struggling Chapeau Nature or man This is one of the early works of Romain Gary, though written when the author was already in his fourties Gary has a cosmopolitan background born in Latvia, with Jewish Russian Polish roots, but raised in France and very engaged in the Second World War, and afterwards as a diplomat for France This novel testifies to his capability to focus on the concept of human dignity in its existential context The story is situated in what was formerly French Equatorial Africa, stretched be Nature or man This is one of the early works of Romain Gary, though written when the author was already in his fourties Gary has a cosmopolitan background born in Latvia, with Jewish Russian Polish roots, but raised in France and very engaged in the Second World War, and afterwards as a diplomat for France This novel testifies to his capability to focus on the concept of human dignity in its existential context The story is situated in what was formerly French Equatorial Africa, stretched between Congo Brazzaville and Chad And it focuses on the fight of a French idealist, Morel, against elephant hunters The elephant is allegorical for human dignity that is threatened by Western modernity This modernity now the fifties of last century also threatens Africa, by Gary presented as one of the last resorts where primordial nature can be found Around protagonist Morel circulate a lot of other, engaging and ambiguous figures Especially the black volu Wa tari testifies to the prophetic talent of Gary Morel also has a holocaust related background, and remarkably that is the source of his ecological commitment The story is built in very complex way with continuous changing narrators and time jumps, making it one of the most interesting novels of the twentieth century This is my second book by Romain Gary and I really enjoy his writing This book, written in 1956, is a post war book that examines what it takes to survive This is a tale of Morel, a French dentist that has come to French Equatorial Africa to campaign for the elephants which are in danger of extinction This is shortly after WWII, colonialism is reaching its end in Africa and the people of Africa are seeking independence We have various characters missionaries, anthropologists, prostitutes, g This is my second book by Romain Gary and I really enjoy his writing This book, written in 1956, is a post war book that examines what it takes to survive This is a tale of Morel, a French dentist that has come to French Equatorial Africa to campaign for the elephants which are in danger of extinction This is shortly after WWII, colonialism is reaching its end in Africa and the people of Africa are seeking independence We have various characters missionaries, anthropologists, prostitutes, gun runners, hunters, deserters Morel is considered crazy by most but he also rises to legendary status He is hero, traitor, and dangerous and a tool to be used by others Many questions arose for me while reading this book Such questions as, do we have to sacrifice nature for development If we love nature do we hate man Those Africans seeking freedom, are they really seeking freedom or have they already been tainted by westernization Are they sacrificing their own culture for westernization without realizing I loved this book a lot There are different voices that tell this story about Morel and his campaign for elephants.Here are some quotes I wrote down weight of memories which was oppressing him in his solitude move a little away from the flames in order to regain the company of the stars as for MorelEverything has been said about him, a man who has gone even further into loneliness than othrs It seems the elephants Morel was trying to save were purely imaginary and symbolic, a parable as they say, and that the poor bastard was really defending the old human rights, the rights of man The years of isolation in the depths of the jungle have no power against the tenacious hope, and that a hundred acres of land at the height of the rainy season are easier to clear than are certain intimate nooks of our soul ,patience was ceasing to be a virtue and was becoming a luxury he could less and less afford Islam calls that the roots of heaven and to the Mexican Indian it is the tree of life the thing that makes both of them fall on their knees and raise their eyes and beat their tormented breasts A need for protection and company, from which obstinate people like Morel try to escape by mean of petition, fight committees, by trying to take the protection of the species in their own hands our needs for justice, for freedom and dignity are roots of heaven that are deeply embedded in our hearts, but of heaven itself, men know nothing but the gripping roots when you live too long you end up knowing nobody and where there are elephants, there I go free The book references that a nation must give up something of its nature for its freedom for America it was the bison, for Russia the wolves and for Africa, the elephant Is that so, why does that have to be It also mentions that a good news story there is a lot about journalism in this book will sell magazines such as a story about killing helpless turtles for turtle soup boost sales of the magazine but did it really effect the sale of turtle soup So this story will appeal to each person on a personal basis For some it is about animal rights, for others it is about dignity and for another it is colonialism For me, it was about survival and I was most reminded of Man s Search for Meaning Viktor E Frankl Rating 4.75 This rating is objective, my personal experience of this book after completing it and thinking about it is probably a 5 I found this novel at our town s library sale and it was one of my luckiest finds ever, because I didn t know the book or the author, it s been out of print a long time published in 1956 , and it s one of the best books I ve read in years The story is compelling Holocaust survivor misfits campaigning to save the African elephant, first by petition and argumentation, then by selective violence, in Post WW2 Chad, who are themselves exploited, hunted and or aided by African nationalists, Europea I found this novel at our town s library sale and it was one of my luckiest finds ever, because I didn t know the book or the author, it s been out of print a long time published in 1956 , and it s one of the best books I ve read in years The story is compelling Holocaust survivor misfits campaigning to save the African elephant, first by petition and argumentation, then by selective violence, in Post WW2 Chad, who are themselves exploited, hunted and or aided by African nationalists, European colonialists, Christian pietists, and one American journalist The characters are drawn with tremendous sympathy The political, ethical and metaphysical arguments proffered by all sides are complex and moving And the writing is remarkably subtle, beautiful and humane I don t read books again, because there are just too many books I want to read and so little reading time that remains This book, if I were to read a book again, it would be this book. &Read Kindle ☠ The Roots of Heaven ⇪ Well, I finally got an idea When he fails, do like me think about free elephant ride through Africa for hundreds and hundreds of wonderful animals that nothing could be built either a wall or a fence of barbed wire passing large open spaces and crush everything in its path, and destroying everything while they live, nothing is able to stop them what freedom and And even when they are no longer alive, who knows, perhaps continue to race elsewhere still free So you begin to torment your claustrophobia, barbed wire, reinforced concrete, complete materialism imagine herds of elephants of freedom, follow them with his eyes never left them on their run and will see you soon feel better For the novel The Roots of Heaven, Gary received the Prix Goncourt for fiction Translated and republished in many countries around the world, the novel was finally published in Bulgarian A film version by John Huston starring Juliette Gr co, Errol Flynn, and Howard Trevard was released in This book is excellent intense, strong, upsetting, infuriating, and frustrating.First published in 1956, it looks at colonialism, nationalism, and traditional lifestyles in the context of French Equatorial Africa This is all shaped around Morel, a Frenchman who has decided to defend the elephants and thinks hunting should be banned All hunting traditional, for ivory, and big game for sport Waitari, a French educated Oul and nationalist, joins his cause to reach his own ends The tribes, This book is excellent intense, strong, upsetting, infuriating, and frustrating.First published in 1956, it looks at colonialism, nationalism, and traditional lifestyles in the context of French Equatorial Africa This is all shaped around Morel, a Frenchman who has decided to defend the elephants and thinks hunting should be banned All hunting traditional, for ivory, and big game for sport Waitari, a French educated Oul and nationalist, joins his cause to reach his own ends The tribes, speaking only dialects, don t really know much about what s going on England has already left Sudan, so the eastern frontier is open an undefended, with arms and nationalists going back and forth The cast of characters here is long French, Oul , Arab, American, German, Sudanese, andNot an easy read, and not necessarily enjoyable But a very very good read And 60 years later, while some things have changed, others have changed in just the way Gary s characters said they would I loved this elegant exploration of the clash of cultures, the nuances of human interests and the depiction of post World War II Equatorial Africa Morel is obsessed with the protection of elephants from the cruelty of traditional village hunters and the big game hunters from the West who kill for sport His motivation is attributed to various things according to the viewpoint of those assessing him Gary shows an acute understanding of human motivation as he depicts how various characters aspir I loved this elegant exploration of the clash of cultures, the nuances of human interests and the depiction of post World War II Equatorial Africa Morel is obsessed with the protection of elephants from the cruelty of traditional village hunters and the big game hunters from the West who kill for sport His motivation is attributed to various things according to the viewpoint of those assessing him Gary shows an acute understanding of human motivation as he depicts how various characters aspire to something beyond themselves or just try to survive he best way they can