Water for Elephants was one of those books that I had put off reading for reasons probably best known to myself. The fact that I read it is thanks to Daily deal on audible and the fact I liked the voice of the narrators.
This is a love story with an interesting and well researched insight into the train circus in the 1930s. The best part of this story for me was Jacob's story aged 90 or 93. I love how the author portrays very convincingly the life of the elderly Jacob living in a home and how after many years of a full family life he relives his time with the circus. I found myself longing for the parts of the book which featured the elderly voice of Jacob which made the story come alive with emotion and I loved the character of Rosemarie and I can only hope that every care home has at least one Rosemary to give these elderly people who have contributed so much to society the respect and care they deserve.
Quote by Jacob(aged 90/93) from Water for Elephants “My platitudes don't hold their interest and I can hardly blame them for that. My real stories are all out of date. So what if I can speak first hand about the Spanish flu, the advent of the automobile, world wars, cold wars, guerrilla wars, and Sputnik — that's all ancient history now. But what else do I have to offer? Nothing happens to me anymore. That's the reality of getting old, and I guess that's really the crux of the matter. I'm not ready to be old yet.”