I thought you blog readers would be interested in my take on the bestseller "Water for Elephants." I loved the circus story, but since I wrote this for my caregiving blog on Our Alzheimer's, I concentrated on the nursing home storyline.
Here's how I begin -
From Water for Elephants:
"Either there's been an accident or there's roadwork, because a gaggle of old ladies is glued to the window at the end of the hall like children or jailbirds. They're spidery and frail, their hair as fine as mist. Most of them are a good decade younger than me, and this astounds me. Even as your body betrays you, your mind denies it."
Sara Gruen, author of the New York Times' #1 best seller Water for Elephants, artfully weaves the story of a Prohibition Era circus as experienced by young veterinarian Jacob Jankowski, into the fabric of Jacob's life as a ninety-plus widower living in a nursing home - a time referenced in the quote above.
It is important to remember that this book is a work of fiction. Though many novels are based on reality, you have to be willing to set aside your own idea of reality in order to be carried away by an author's tale. It is no different with Water for Elephants. Gruen paints a wonderful picture of the sleazy yet glamorous Benzini Brothers' Circus and the lives of its members - lives filled with greed, murder and desperate love.