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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
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Water for Elephants was one of those books that I had put off reading For no particular reason. The fact that I eventually read it is thanks to Daily deal on audible and the I was drawn to the voice of the narrators.

This is a love story with an interesting and well researched insight into the train circus in the 1930s. The best part of this story for me was Jacob's story aged 90 or 93. I love how the author portrays very convincingly the life of the elderly Jacob living in a home and how after many years of a full family life he relives his time with the circus. I found myself longing for the parts of the book which featured the elderly voice of Jacob which made the story come alive with emotion and I loved the character of Rosemarie and I can only hope that every care home has at least one Rosemary to give these elderly people who have contributed so much to society the respect and care they deserve.
Quote by Jacob(aged 90/93) from Water for Elephants

“My platitudes don't hold their interest and I can hardly blame them for that. My real stories are all out of date. So what if I can speak first hand about the Spanish flu, the advent of the automobile, world wars, cold wars, guerrilla wars, and Sputnik — that's all ancient history now. But what else do I have to offer? Nothing happens to me anymore. That's the reality of getting old, and I guess that's really the crux of the matter. I'm not ready to be old yet.”
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Reading Progress

September 30, 2013 – Started Reading
September 30, 2013 – Shelved
September 30, 2013 –
0.0% "Have put off reading this for a very long time for reasons best known to myself !!! but as it was the daily deal on audio am going to give it a shot and see if I can prove myself wrong :->"
October 1, 2013 –
10.0%
October 3, 2013 –
40.0%
October 7, 2013 –
90.0%
October 8, 2013 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Diane S ☔ (new)

Diane S ☔ I have never read this either. Think there was just so much hype about it, I decided to be obstinate.


message 2: by Dem (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dem Its one of those books alright Diane. But I do wonder what you would make of it??


message 3: by Diane S ☔ (new)

Diane S ☔ I own it, so maybe one of these days. Though I do like the sound of the character Jacob.


Cherie I think you have convinced me that I must give it a try also, Dem.


message 5: by Faith (new)

Faith Justice Like many, I avoided it because of the hype, but it seems to be deserved. Still, so many books...so little time!


message 6: by Dem (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dem Cherie wrote: "I think you have convinced me that I must give it a try also, Dem."

Its a good book Cherie but not one for mt favouries list.


message 7: by Dem (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dem Faith wrote: "Like many, I avoided it because of the hype, but it seems to be deserved. Still, so many books...so little time!"

I agree Faith so many books on my list and and i am still adding. But to be honest I try to keep my to read list under 50 books and if it goes over that i try to take off some.


Connie Having worked forever with the elderly I too was very taken with the voice of Jacob...rather haunting. This is a book that stayed with me for quite some time.


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