An Elephant for Aristotle by L. Sprague de Camp

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What finer way for Alexander the Great to honor his old tutor Aristotle than to send him an actual Indian elephant.

After capturing a magnificent specimen from an Indian ruler, Alexander tasks Leon of Atrax, a cavalry commander, to deliver the animal to Aristotle in Athens.

Leon leads a motley crew of companions (and the elephant) from India to Greece, and in the process encounter all sorts of dangers and adventures while completing the long and arduous journey.

“An amazing narrative vehicle for the display of ... a fairly complete composite of the life and times of which the author writes.”—The Chicago Daily Tribune

"By hybridizing a Middle-Eastern travelogue with an Alexandrine comedy of manners, the author has produced a specimen only slightly less rare then elephants in Westchester–to wit, a historical novel with a sense of humor.”—The New York Times

“Engaging new novel.”—The Washington Post
 

About L. Sprague de Camp

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L. Sprague de Camp, a SFWA Grand Master and winner of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, wrote the definitive biography of Conan's creator, Robert E. Howard. De Camp died in 2000.
 
Published March 28, 2013 by Phoenix Pick. 376 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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If Alexander had sent an elephant to Aristotle this is what MIGHT have happened — and Leon, son of Aristos of Atrax in Thessalia, after 7 years of service in the conqueror's armies, tells the story.

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If Alexander had sent an elephant to Greece for Aristotle this is what might have happened — and Leon after 7 years of service in the conqueror's armies tells the story.

Apr 03 1958 | Read Full Review of An Elephant for Aristotle

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