It did not change my life in any way, but it was not a waste of time either. They glanced nervously from side to side, with hats pulled low and hands thrust deep in their pockets. When I finished reading Water for Elephants, goose bumps covered my skin. They glanced nervously from side to side, with hats pulled low and hands thrust deep in their pockets. While he's there, he meets a guy named Charlie, who works for the circus and is refreshingly friendly and respectful. I thought this book was going to be great.
It was an interesting time in history to read about, one that I don't often hear much about. Grady and I sat at a battered wooden table, each facing a burger on a dented tin plate. Then he gets the devastating news that both his parents were killed in an automobile accident. And to my complete delight, it comes to a surprising and very satisfying conclusion. It was in this bucolic setting that Gruen started writing her third novel following Riding Lessons and Flying Changes after intensive research that included several family visits to circus shows.
Most of them are a good decade younger than me, and this astounds me. Grady and I sat at a battered wooden table, each facing a burger on a dented tin plate. And they wonder why I lose weight. If you're a lover of animals, the elderly, adventure, circuses, the Great Depression, or even drunks, pick up this book and you'll find yourself hooked. It is a story of coming of age, of facing the realities of death, and living despite it all.
I also am still thinking through a casual and perhaps unintended parallel the author draws between Rosie the elephant and the Black female nurse who Jacob so appreciates. Why do I read modern pop lit? So Jacob makes a break for it and goes to the circus alone. He had turned off the fryer some time ago, but the odor of grease lingered. Seamlessly, Gruen weaves together the modern day voice of this old man, a Cornell-educated veterinarian, abandoned in a nursing home--a. Actually I do know why: I never trusted myself. Jacob is helped by the elderly alcoholic, Camel, when he is newly on the bum and Jacob later returns the favor.
In fact, there were many moments when I wanted to put the book down, pick up some bolt cutters and track down the nearest animal-carrying circus. A lot of animals are a big part of this story, from horses to lions, tigers to polar bears, hyenas to giraffes and a whole lot more. It was the fact that he was failing physically but was holding on strong mentally that kept making me think of this man I admired so much. A few wisps of hay swirled lazily across the hard dirt. However, shortly after the first show, August accuses Marlena and Jacob of having an affair.
Some of his thoughts were hilarious. On a final note, this book is being praised as a romance novel, but it's so much more than that. I wish I were kidding. She saw me, too, and held my gaze for what seemed like forever. When the circus comes to town and sets up it In the beginning of Water For Elephants Jacob Jankowski tells us that he is ninety or ninety-three. Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place.
Will it end with Jacob's death or something else? At the risk of beating a dead horse albeit a dead horse with tremendous appeal to book clubs across the United States , let me enumerate the problems spoiler alert — not that I suggest you read this book anyway : 1. Gruen sets her story in a depression-era circus, a second-rate one at that, in an attempt to redeem the freak show, the workingman and the downtrodden; to show that the fine line between illusion and reality is finer than most people imagine. I have adapted it herein. The circus environment is well researched and very realistic - be it the way animals are trained to perform, including cruelty many times or how the performers make their living. When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus strug Winner of the 2007 BookBrowse Award for Most Popular Book. In the years after World War I, Kelty followed circuses around the country, capturing mesmerizing images of sword swallowers, giants and midgets.
We do not guarantee that these techniques will work for you or not. Yet somehow, in the midst of despair friendships and laughter persevered. Then there are the animals, especially the elephant Rosie. Jacob is able to train Rosie, though, so he works with August to help get her to join the act. The good-hearted poor boy meets the good-hearted beautiful girl, who's involved with the bad-hearted, controlling man. You call your child by the names of all your other children and finally the dog before you get to his. He had turned off the fryer some time ago, but the odor of grease lingered.