Riding the Elephant

A note from the author: This is an extract from a journal I kept while I traveled through South Asia some years ago on a writing assignment. I always keep journals when I travel, because some of the information might be useful later if it’s a research trip for a novel, or if I’m on assignment as a journalist. But I also do it because putting words to paper has always been my way of processing experience. I had no plans for this entry, I just jotted it down at the end of the day. Apart from one grammatical realignment and a tiny bit of context I’ve tucked into it, I surrender it here, unretouched.

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Barbara Kingsolver’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, received the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work, and in 2010 won Britain’s Orange Prize for The Lacuna. Her novel The Poisonwood Bible was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.

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