Elep Returns: The Story of a Tree and its Conversion into Paper by Arnold Mundua. Published (reprint) by Medtec, ISBN: 9789384007096, 160 pages. Available from the author here
IT’S not often that you get to read a book that is narrated by a tree – or is it the spirit of a tree?
When we first meet Elep he is a blossom on a Galip tree. We then follow him as he turns into a fruit, falls to the forest floor, gets swallowed by a wandering muruk, is discharged out of its rear end and then grows into a mighty giant destined to watch over his beloved Amumsong rainforest in West New Britain.
Enter Rimbunan Hijau and Elep quickly finds himself cut down and turned into a log in a stockpile on the coast waiting to be shipped overseas to Japan where he is turned into a massive roll of paper.