Book Review: Padma and the Elephant Sutra by Wayne Snowden

*I received a complimentary copy of this book, and I’m leaving a voluntary review*

*spoiler warning*

Plot: George, retired-coffee farmer and ex-miliary man, meets Padma, mysterious pink elephant, and they go on and amazing journey together.

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Review: This was a long, confusing book for me. The story of George and Padma is good, but it takes a third of the book before it begins. Before that there’s lots of confusing back story, we go thousands of years back to the past, and there’s talk about aliens. For sooo long I didn’t know what was going on, so I re-read parts of it occasionally, though I’m not sure it helped.

When we finally get to George and Padma, their story is good, and I liked it. But there was very little interaction between the characters I felt, and it was so difficult to grasp. There’s so much thinking, metaphors and philosophy that comes between the characters that I kept falling off constantly, not being able to follow the actual story. It was like trying to open a christmas gift, wrapped in a small box, put inside a larger box and then a larger box and then a larger box, and then a bag, in the back of a car, at the bottom of a river.

I exaggerate, but I really wanted to follow the story, yet found it difficult to grasp. I tried to claw my way into the heart of it, only to be ripped aside on another tangent. I also felt the ending of the book was dragged out and didn’t really focus on what I thought was happening and what I thought the ending was. George and Padma finally got to where they were headed, but then everything changed, and I didn’t get time to enjoy the end of their journey.

I felt like there’s a great story there, I just couldn’t get to it, or it was clouded in too much other fluff. Maybe it’s just me, maybe I just don’t get books like this – I see other people have read it and loved it – but this just wasn’t for me. As usual, I invite everyone to check it out, have a look at it, and please, do prove me wrong.

Check out Padma and the Elephant Sutra here.

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