By Simon Reade,Michael Morpurgo
Escaping the Allies’ improve from the West – and likewise the advancing Russian armies from the East – this striking trio of refugees meet: a downed RAF officer, cowering in a barn; a homeless college choir at the run and their Countess saviour, harbouring them from the Nazis; and the mechanised American cavalry, showing over the horizon.
It is Lizzie’s tale – yet Marlene, the elephant, is the
heroine. Plodding, stubborn, opportunistic, load-bearing, indestructible, cheering – Marlene embodies the stubbornness of the human will and the way it's going to do every thing to survive.
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