IVORY COAST: Master of the Bush

The hero seemed unlikely enough—an obsessed French dentist named Morel with a passion for elephants. The creation of French Novelist Romain Gary, in his novel The Roots of Heaven, Morel had brooded in a Nazi concentration camp, conceived such a blazing reverence for life that, once freed, he took off for Darkest Africa to become a self-appointed protector of wild beasts threatened with extermination by onrushing civilization.

Living Character. Shortly after Gary's novel first came out in France in 1956, Gary had a long letter from a game warden living in the Ivory...

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