02 January 2010

Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants: A NovelThere was a lot that was good about this book. It was interesting to learn a little more about depression-era circuses in the US, and the parts with the old Jacob were quite good.  It was a fast read. But there was a lot that wasn't so good.  Except for old Jacob, the characterization wasn't great- all the characters were predictable, except for young Jacob, and he was just boring.  The plot almost felt floppy, just moving from one thing to another.  It certainly was vulgar, as many people had told me.  And it suffered from one of my biggest pet peeves, which is having an unreasonable number of wild things happen in a short time.  Yes, the author says all the outrageous events were historical, but just because something really happened, doesn't mean that 50 other unlikely things happened to the same person in a few weeks' time.  It was worth reading to learn about train circuses.

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