Really? You guys thought it'd be a good idea for me to read a book WHERE ANIMALS GET ABUSED ALL THE TIME?
I kept having to put it down every time that poor elephant got hit. Oh, I could hardly stand it. And that time Rosie's eyes filled with tears. KILL ME NOW, why don't you?
I'm glad she smacked stupid August with her pole.
Who thought it was Marlena who killed August, after reading the prologue of the book? I did. I had no idea it was gonna be Rosie who did the killing.
Also, didn't parts of this book kind of remind you of now, with the no one having jobs part and the desperation and the people needing to be entertained? Also, I thought about when I was a kid and the circus and the fair would come to town, and how I was suckered into buying all kinds of crap. I wonder if I ever drank lemonade made from trough water? I wonder if I was entertained by animals who were beaten or treated badly? Probably.
I really liked the parts of the book where the hero of our story, Jacob, was an old man. This is why I like old people. They are just like us, only old, and I think we tend to forget that a lot of times. We patronize and we treat old people like they're children and we don't listen to them, but they are regular people trapped in not-working-so-well bodies. I thought the author captured that really well.
Why was this book called Water for Elephants? I mean, the other old man at the table saying he carried water for elephants was such a minor part of the book. Was it because we don't understand what circus life was like and this is an example of it? Is it because like Rosemary said, when we get old we tell ourselves things that aren't true and we start to believe them as truth? What? Why is that the title? Somebody tell me.
And I loved the ending. I loved it that he ran off with the circus. That's what his dumb son gets, forgetting that it was his day to be with dad, and forgetting to take him to the circus, of all things.
So no more books where animals get abused. Cannot read that. Cannot stand. Also, too, I want an elephant now. So bad. Can I have one? How do you think Francis would cotton to an elephant? He's adjusted to a dog so nicely.
Did you like the book? Did it make you want to join the circus? Do tell.