Marit's Reviews > Water for Elephants
Water for Elephants
This novel about 1930's traveling circuses in America is well-researched and solidly written. The plot never drags and the constant flash forwards to the main character in the 2000's, now in his 90's, is a nice touch but perhaps unnecessary. It adds little to the plot and in fact, adds a totally different theme that could be seen as distracting to the historical part of the book: how geriatrics are treated in our society and how they feel about it. The main character is most interesting as a crotchety old man; when he's young in the 30's, his character is bland and only serves as a good narrator for the fascinating, quirky circus folk around him. The historical tidbits were what I liked the most about the novel. After all, who isn't romantically fascinated by the circus?
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