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This book contains 16 short stories of which three have to do with elephants. The book title is taken from the eighth story in the collection and is based on a newspaper headline which reads, "Elephant Bangs Train, Reuters News Service, Nairobi, Kenya, May 25, 1969". In the Kotzwinkle version, we are more or less inside the elephant's mind as he attacks and overturns a traThis book contains 16 short stories of which three have to do with elephants. The book title is taken from the eighth story in the collection and is based on a newspaper headline which reads, "Elephant Bangs Train, Reuters News Service, Nairobi, Kenya, May 25, 1969". In the Kotzwinkle version, we are more or less inside the elephant's mind as he attacks and overturns a train in revenge for its having humiliated him on a previous occasion. All these stories are extraordinarily well written and are quite surreal and evocative. Adult content in some stories. Really excellent writing....

Title : Elephant Bangs Train
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ISBN : 9780394460475
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 148 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Elephant Bangs Train Reviews

  • Cheryl
    2019-01-11 21:03

    Maybe I should mark it DNF, because I did skim a lot of the stories. They were just too weird to me. Maybe if I dug acid or whatever, wtf, I dunno. However, the title story is surprisingly interesting, and the very first, about the unearthing of a mammoth (mastodon?) in Russia is powerful, masterful, wise.

  • tortoise dreams
    2019-01-19 15:14

    Sixteen short (some quite short) and wildly diverse stories, fables, tales from other lands, and more, works from a free, soaring, and definitely untamed imagination.The stories in Elephant Bangs Train are each different and unique as a fingerprint. If they were not so well-written and constructed, it would seem that no two were written by the same hand. But they were, by the masterful William Kotzwinkle, whose words flow windswept through the pages, pushing the reader along like leaves in a storm. And each story is its own story: Kotzwinkle writes of cutting mastodons from the ice, second graders, a Native American and his motorcycle, a developmentally disabled 35-year old, Boy Scouts, psychedelic Euro-trash, a boy and his dog, an angry elephant (title story), the love of a rag picker for the concubine of a Chinese Emperor, racy pulp fiction ("A True Nurse Romance"), the Northwest Mounted Police, a boy and his baby sitter, the world's greatest liar, an aging elephant and his mahout, and more. Elephant Bangs Train has something for everyone. Overall the stories are not overtly realistic, and often read more as fables, fairy tales, or anecdotes from a larger life. All astonishingly well-written. My favorite stories were "Tiger Bridge" and "Elephant's Graveyard." I've purchased every William Kotzwinkle title I've ever seen, and never been disappointed. My one caveat about the author is that at times the stories seem to lack an emotional connection, an inner life I can relate to; I can be amazed at his cleverness and skill, but still not quite reach a fully satisfying conclusion. It's as if Kotzwinkle is almost too talented and imaginative for his own good, and loses a little soul along the way. Still, Elephant Bangs Train is a wonderful and enjoyable read, brilliant in ability and creation. {note: Goodreads lists this as first published in 1969, but it was 1971}[3.5 Stars]

  • Ainslee
    2019-01-19 21:11

    An eclectic range of very short stories, Kotzwinkle quite obvioussly has derived his ideas, styles, and context from a broad and diverse range of sources.Some of these I read twice, or backtracked through the stories to fully understand the context, which is both frustrating and an achievement; because they're so short - much of the context for each is assumed, this made it easier for Kotzwinkle to surprise the reader.It was a refreshing read

  • Tanvir Muntasim
    2018-12-21 13:12

    An eccentric bunch of stories with exotic locations, steeped in magic realist tradition.

  • Axolotl
    2019-01-16 17:04

    Favorites:-All the ones with elephants-The one about the Boy Scout outing-The "coming" of age story with the nurseThis man is a brilliant writer, that much is plain.

  • Phil G
    2019-01-04 16:05

    An absolute master of language and a genius with idiom and metaphor.

  • Keli
    2019-01-05 15:10

    Worth buying it and reading it for $1.

  • Bill Daniels
    2019-01-07 19:19

    One of his stories is about Siberians dis entombing a mast on frozen in ice is perfect!