Today on "Book Rampage" we're taking a look at the story that has the nation captivated. Not Proust, not Joyce, not Shakespeare! No writer has ever DARED to take a baby elephant on such a journey before!
Welcome to Book Rampage. I'm your host, Jacques Lloyd-Snootae. Today we're skipping our regularly scheduled dissection of The Crying Of Lot 49 to look at a small series that has changed everything I know about reading- and I promise you, that's quite a great deal. The series protagonist? A sweet young elephant named Humphrey.
They say that books like Humphrey's Playtime and Humphrey's Farm Adventure are meant for children, but don't you believe it! Much as Paul Auster unraveled the mysteries of identity and human nature in City Of Glass, so too does Sally Hunter peel away the very elephantanity we all carry on our shoulders as we, like Odysseus, find our way through the trials of our lives.
Oh, and the rich tapestry of cohorts that Humphrey will meet! Stripey the Tiger, to me, represents the untamed spirit of youth. I remember the six months I spent on Martha's Vineyard when I was nineteen, and how it molded me into a young man ready to change the world. How many times did I play that Art Garfunkel solo album, eh? Yes, Humphrey, just as Baby Jack is lulled to sleep by Dad, so too was I forced to sleep, my eyes closed to what I could become. Your story is my story, Humphrey! Not since Catcher In The Rye has a book reached me, my voice, who I truly, truly was!
I cannot recommend this four pack of story books enough. Please, throw away your copy of House of Leaves and place all four of these on the shelf between Infinite Jest and White Noise. I'm Jacques Lloyd-Snootae. Until next week.