Jumbo: The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation

Jumbo The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation Born in in French Sudan imported to Paris as a two year old calf then later sold to the London Zoo at Regent s Park Jumbo the elephant delighted countless children including Winston Churchill
  • Title: Jumbo: The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation
  • Author: John Sutherland
  • ISBN: 9781781312445
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jumbo: The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation
    Born in 1861 in French Sudan, imported to Paris as a two year old calf, then later sold to the London Zoo at Regent s Park, Jumbo the elephant delighted countless children including Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt with rides and treats gently taken from outstretched hands Each night, after the children and their families had gone home, he was mistreated in an aBorn in 1861 in French Sudan, imported to Paris as a two year old calf, then later sold to the London Zoo at Regent s Park, Jumbo the elephant delighted countless children including Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt with rides and treats gently taken from outstretched hands Each night, after the children and their families had gone home, he was mistreated in an attempt to keep him docile By the time he reached sexual maturity, the abused and isolated animal had become dangerously unstable He was sold to showman P.T Barnum in 1881 despite letters from 100,000 British schoolchildren who wrote to Queen Victoria begging her to prevent the sale and brought to America There, in the company of other elephants and amid greater physical freedom, Jumbo stabilized and went on to become one of the most lucrative circus acts of all time as well as the most beloved The world mourned when his life ended in 1885, with a storied and most likely embellished act of animal heroism Jumbo reportedly rushed in front of an oncoming train in an effort to save a smaller elephant his companion Tom Thumb then perished while reaching his trunk out toward his longtime handler Matthew Scott whose intense connection with the pachyderm spawned legends of its own.Integrating the history of elephants in captivity along with the details of Jumbo s celebrity life, dramatic death, and lasting cultural legacy, John Sutherland has written the first comprehensive biography of this incredible animal one whose name has given us one of our most common and hyperbolic adjectives.
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  • John Sutherland

    John Andrew Sutherland is an English lecturer, emeritus professor, newspaper columnist and author.Now Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, John Sutherland began his academic career after graduating from the University of Leicester as an assistant lecturer in Edinburgh in 1964 He specialises in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, and the history of publishing.Apart from writing a regular column in the The Guardian newspaper, Sutherland has published seventeen as of 2004 books and is editing the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Popular Fiction The series of books which starts with Was Heathcliff a Murderer has brought him a wide readership The books in the series are collections of essays Each essay takes a piece of classic fiction, almost always from the Victorian period Carefully going over every word of the text, Sutherland highlights apparent inconsistencies, anachronisms and oversights, and explains references which the modern reader is likely to overlook In some cases he demonstrates the likelihood that the author simply forgot a minor detail In others, apparent slips on the part of the author are presented as evidence that something is going on beyond the surface of the book which is not explicitly described such as his explanation for why Sherlock Holmes should mis address Miss Stoner as Miss Roylott in The Adventure of the Speckled Band.In 2001, he published Last Drink to LA, a moving chronicle of his alcoholism and his return to sobriety.In 2005, he was involved in Dot Mobile s project to translate summaries and quotes of classic literature into text messaging shorthand In the same year he was also Chair of Judges for the Booker Prize.In June 2007 he published an autobiography The Boy Who Loved Books A Memoir On 18 December 2007 his annotated edition of Robert Louis Stevenson s The Black Arrow was released by Penguin Books.

  • 430 Comments

  • It s ironic that a book about an elephant who was larger than life tries to portray itself as being bigger than it actually is Jumbo was a likable read even though the material was stretched a bit thin The writing style was tedious, yet bearable the author is quite fond of the parentheses The biography portion about Jumbo was interesting, short and semi sweet A large portion of the book covered various elephant tangents some Victorian, most modern topics There s even a Dumbo chapter and the auth [...]


  • I got than I bargained for with this book I was simply looking for of the history of Jumbo the elephant following the brilliant documentary hosted by David Attenborough recently Here we are treated to the history of mans love, hate and use of these wonderful animals, and the meaning of Jumbo Starting with the Romans use of elephants on their battlefields, through to the historic watertower in nearby Colchester and the nickname for an aeroplane, the legendary story of one elephant is encompasse [...]


  • This was a weird book It s a collection of loosely sourced factoids about Jumbo, about elephants, about zoo and circus animals, and other tangentially related items tossed in Enjoyable to read, and eye opening in some ways I spotted a few places where the phrasing was inaccurate or the statements flat wrong, where it was a subject I already knew a little bit about, and that made me question everything else I was reading that made it less enjoyable than it would otherwise have been.


  • Sad, what humane have done to elephants, the end was the worse of all the elephant books ending in the death in the US, what have we done How could we continue for generations decimating the most majestic beautiful feeling humanlike animal.Read in 1 day.How can you rate a book that is horrific to the baby they buy to the end of their long suffered life Of course we really have no idea how many babies were murdered or adults.Elephants in the wild spend their entire lives together with their famil [...]


  • Born in the wilds of Africa, a young bull elephant was shipped to Europe and became an exhibit in paris Sick and close to death he was sold to London Zoo and became Jumbo, a popular exhibit for Victorians Finally sold and exported to the USA Jumbo joined Phineas T Barnum s circus before his controversial and shocking death In this biography Sutherland tells the story of Jumbo and also of man s relationship with elephants.Sutherland is an excellent writer, he has a verve and wit as exemplified in [...]


  • A tragic story and one that left me with even less respect for P.T Barnum than I had before The treatment of elephants in captivity throughout history has been horrendous and I would hope that we have learned from past mistakes and improved the way that we treat captive animals in general, but with comparatively recent cases coming to light, I think that we have a long way to go.The book provides some interesting information on other elephants of the time, including the terrible ends dealt out t [...]


  • I read this when it first came out and am still astonished by ths story Appropriate for adults and teens, it s a fascinating read for animal lovers and history buffs Factual but as readable as a novel, definitely worth the time to read.


  • A tragic story told with engaging wit and sarcasm Aside from the biography of Jumbo, it is, somewhat, a sordid tale of Jumbo s owners and trainers, including one P.T Barnum It is full of elephant facts, lore, rumors, escapades, and tragic executions at the hands of homo sapiens.




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