REVIEW: “Paper of Elephants” by Brenda Cooper

Review of Brenda Cooper, “Paper of Elephants”, Clarkesworld Issue 181, October (2021): Read Online. Reviewed by Myra Naik.

A heartfelt, touching story of two siblings running an elephant sanctuary in Zimbabwe.

David is the finance guy, and Eleanor guides the tours. Siaal, a young elephant, paints, and David decides to sell his artwork as NFTs in order to raise funds to save the sanctuary.

The piece develops and flows beautifully, and we can feel Eleanor’s helplessness and frustration – why should it be so hard to save these beautiful creatures?

Art is the focus, and in a different yet startlingly beautiful and raw way, art saves the day. The ending made my heart happy.