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What does Preston compare Mt. Elgon to in the following lines? Why does he do this?

“The mountain seemed like an empty cathedral. I tried to imagine what it must have been like

when herds of elephants could have been seen moving through a forest of podo trees as large as

sequoias: only ten years ago, before the trouble, Mount Elgon had been one of the earth’s crown

jewels” (392).

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Preston compares Mount Elgon to an empty cathedral...... this allows the reader to envision a place once filled with life that now stands empty and devoid of its congregation...... or wildlife.


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