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Apr 27, 2009 11:28AM
wow, that was a scathing next-to-last paragraph you wrote! Probably you should give it 1 star.
Aug 17, 2009 08:06AM
I think you may not be old enough to appreciate this book. Read it again in 40 years.
Nov 13, 2009 05:16AM
Good point Lynn- much of our perspective comes from our own experiences, so it only makes sense that the 20 year olds get something completely different than the 50 year olds reading this book. I took it for what it was- an easy backyard weekend read. I do like Matt's note about the book lacking nutritional value... right in there with reading weekend cerebral junk food!
May 13, 2010 08:14PM
I agree with your review. Generally, this book is a little fluffy and often poorly executed. It's refeshing to read a honest, critical review. It seems like everything on here gets rated three stars or more, regardless of it's actual literary merit. I thought the redeeming quality about this book were the sections that focus on the 90 (or 93) year-old Jacob. It was a very frank look into the life of a neglected senior and I appreciated that. I think it is a little condecending of the ladies to suggest that you need to be older to appreciate this novel though. That's kind of the point of good literature, isn't it? You don't need to fit into a certain catagory in order for a good book to get to you. If the book fails to do that, it's not fair to blame it on the reader. I personally was touched by the depiction of old Jacob, but just because you weren't doesn't mean you are too young to appreciate it.
Aug 07, 2011 07:10PM
So true about the red herrings...especially the demise of Kinko with no development as to how this was handled when his family came to fetch him. I thought the book was ok -- but certainly does not live up to the hype it is getting. Did I mention that I hate the circus - especially the evil clowns.
Mar 15, 2014 03:07PM
Lynn & Jean: I am a 52 year old that agrees with this 28 year old. Though I seem to be in the minority of liking the transition between old Jacob and young Jacob, I completely agree with this review.
Jan 04, 2017 09:49PM
I am 20 years old and I loved it. I think a lot of people forget to look at the times when reading a novel. Things were much different in the years where the setting of Water For Elephants takes place. It was a time when people didn't speak out against authority which in this case Marlena's husband is to Jacob.
Yes, he is cranky in the 'present" setting but he's alos older, lost his wife, is no longer a part of the circus and it seems his family doesn't really give a damn about him so what is there to really be happy or look forward to?
I think his crankiness is quite funny and actually adds to the story.
It's a literary read without much of the outer dialogue but much more inner monologue and a lot of the story is about seeing Jacob develop and figure out who he is after leaving school and losing his parents.
All in all I loved the book.
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