MOKOKAMBO by Bone Gaillot
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The same dynamic kinship that exists between children and animals in all of Rene Galliot's jungle tales is seen in his new book about a Parisian boy who journeys to Africa with an old experienced hunter, alleged to have been the only human to have stepped foot to Mokokambo, a land solely inhabited by animals. Thiery, the young hero of the story, lives with the European settlers and when his favorite family sells their pet elephant to an unscrupulous buyer. Thiery and his friend Francois go out in pursuit of him. The excitement of recovering the elephant cannot compare with the unexpected thrills of the journey home. The boys lose their way and are caught up in a herd of wild animals penetrating the wonderful Mokokambo itself. How they make their way out of this animal Shangri-la creates a spell-binding , as always reminiscent of those by Kipling.

Pub Date: Oct. 9th, 1961
Publisher: Criterion