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The elephant of Belfast : a novel, S. Kirk Walsh

Label
The elephant of Belfast : a novel
Title
The elephant of Belfast
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
S. Kirk Walsh
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Elephant of Belfast chronicles a seven-month period of time when the Germans unexpectedly bombed Belfast, Northern Ireland, also known as the Belfast Blitz. Through the lens of the Bellevue Zoo and one of its zookeepers, twenty-year-old Hettie Quin, the novel animates how the war irrevocably impacted-and shaped the lives of Belfast's citizens in broad and intimate ways. In October 1940, Hettie meets Violet, a three-year-old Asian elephant arriving at the Belfast docks from Ceylon. Soon, she becomes Violet's dedicated zookeeper at the Bellevue Zoo. At the same time, Hettie continues to experience the grief related to the recent loss of her beloved older sister, Anna, and the abandonment of her father, Thomas, who left her mother, Rose. On April 15th , 1941, Belfast is attacked for five hours, with 674 bombs falling, and almost a thousand civilians being killed. During the bombings and its aftermath, Hettie does all that she can to save her elephant, and survive the destruction and escalating sectarian unrest of the city. Even though Hettie is still only twenty years old by the novel's end, she's aged at least a decade, her life and perspective transforming in tragic and unexpected ways. Taken altogether, The Elephant of Belfast reflects a complicated portrait of loss, grief, love, and resilience, and how the zoo and the city of Belfast suffered during these catastrophic attacks. At the narrative's heart is a changing relationship between a young woman and an elephant: At first, it seems that Hettie saves Violet, but in the end, Violet saves her"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Walsh, S. Kirk
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3623.A366146
LC item number
E44 2021
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • FICTION / Historical / World War II
  • FICTION / Animals
  • FICTION / Women
  • Zoo keepers
  • Elephants
  • Human-animal relationships
Label
The elephant of Belfast : a novel, S. Kirk Walsh
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1242943500
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First hardcover edition.
Extent
324 pages
Isbn
9781640094000
Lccn
2020017594
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1242943500
Label
The elephant of Belfast : a novel, S. Kirk Walsh
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1242943500
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First hardcover edition.
Extent
324 pages
Isbn
9781640094000
Lccn
2020017594
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1242943500

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