**spoiler alert** The story of a bereft, naive young man about to finish college and become a Vet, who ends us joining the circus on the unexpected, v...more**spoiler alert** The story of a bereft, naive young man about to finish college and become a Vet, who ends us joining the circus on the unexpected, violent death of his parents.
The book is his story told from when it happened (1930s) and in another thread as a 90 to 93 year old man (he can't remember his age) looking back.
It was set during the Depression and Prohibition, and had depictions of life then, circus life, and the treatment and circumstances of the animals.
The writing flows quickly. Its a bit superficial in terms of the story telling, and things get thrown in for padding, with very little explanation or build up. I couldn't tell you the names of many of the characters, nor could I keep them straight when reading. Many were standard cliches. The story devolves into a romance with a woman-in-jeopardy movie of the week theme.
It seemed an idea (old time circus life) in search of a real story. The story was very standard, as though there is stamp or cookie-cutter somewhere with it.
In fact the publisher put a key event at the end of the book into a prolog to hook the reader at the start. It worked, but also backfired, at least for me. Later towards the end, the exact same passage, word for word is also in the book. I felt it was a rip off to use the same passage. Even if it was necessary to be in the story for continuity, the author should have come up with different words or viewpoint in the text.
Not entirely sure the two threads are needed. One the one hand you can look at how the animals were treated in the 30s and then see how a very old man is treated today by his family. He is stuck in a nursing home, and becomes a duty rather than a person or family member. Both groups are dependent on the care, good will and kind hearts of others. Did the hardness of heart in the 30s, work its way from animals to people in the modern day ?
The other use of the 2 threads is the ending which seems to be uplifting and requires an old man to work.
It wasn't terrible. It also tugged the heart, in a manipulative way. But I won't be reading any more of her books(less)
**spoiler alert** This book while at times funny, and heartwarming is basically a tragedy brought about by the author's stupidity and ignorance. She k...more**spoiler alert** This book while at times funny, and heartwarming is basically a tragedy brought about by the author's stupidity and ignorance. She killed her pet, and while it was dying, she was already planing to bring in its replacement. I have no idea why this book was published.
It is also full of wrong, and dangerous information. It is NOT a good example of how to raise or live with a parrot, especially a macaw.