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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The Circus Comes to Town
What a great idea for a book -- Water for Elephants. It's about the circus. It was good in some ways but not-so-good in others.
The circus part was good. It talks about the early twentieth-century traveling circus and the train travel between venues. That part was great as was the banter and talk between the performers and the working men who set up the circus and cared for the animals. The brutality was not so good against people and animals. I did like the narration by the old man together with the narration from his younger self, but I was a little put off by the author being female and the pie-in-the-sky ending. I would have appreciated knowing a little more about how she got the story together and about the love story between the young vet and the circus performer. It smacked of not being plausible which troubled the story for me.
I didn't like a couple of really lewd scenes, one of which kept haunting me for a couple of days. Maybe that's what it takes to sell books but it's not my cup of tea.
Retired teacher, MaEd Counseling, Married, two adult sons, one fabulous daughter-in-law, two granddaughters. Trying like crazy to make something of retirement. I love getting up at 9AM and love hanging out wherever and whenever I choose, but I'm trying to add meaning. Meaning. Isn't that what we're all after?