Project: Project Gutenberg: The Ivory Child
[Project: Project Gutenberg–where I’m reading and reviewing public-domain fiction from Project Gutenberg from A to Z]
My little world has more than its share of disappointments right now. Spring changed its mind: it’s cold and rainy and miserable here. And Joan has flown off to New York City without me, to attend the Lambda Literary Awards. She was nominated in the lesbian mystery category, but alas, did not take home the prize.
And my Project: Project Gutenberg read for the letter “I” is a disappointment greater than any I have yet encountered–and that’s saying something.
The Ivory Child (1916) is H. Rider Haggard at his most racist/xenophobic and at his most mechanical and repetitive. In fact, it’s such a stinker that I can’t really bring myself to review it. All I want to say about it is this: demonic African elephant uses telepathic powers to force a circus elephant in London to snatch a baby out of his pram and step on him.
I’m not angry. Just disappointed.