Book Club & Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants discussion guides:
Guide 1
Guide 2

a review
It was a fun little story, though not especially deep or philosophical and a nice diversion from what I usually read, but that was the point of joining the book club. There were a few unseen twists. I enjoyed the author’s note at the end explaining where and how she developed all the intricate characters and plots.

a summary
The story is told by Jacob about his life before the nursing home. Near the end of college, a tragedy sends him running from college and searching for what he will do with the rest of his life. A traveling circus gobbled him up to be the on-site vet, quickly. In the opening chapter, a circus man is killed in a melee that may have been preventable. At this point in the story, I understood absolutely nothing of the character of any of the characters. I struggled trying to understand the death and motives. I spent over half the book quite upset and unwilling to understand the characters involved in the death. The half-way mark or so gave enough insights into the character of all parties involved to allow me to understand a bit more. As the story progressed, the chapters would flip from “young” Jacob to “old” Jacob (93 yrs old). This odd storytelling method surprisingly held my interest better than had it only been old Jacob telling of his youth.


The Final Installment

In preparation for the release of the final book in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, I have been rereading the series. I am currently reading book 6 with the knowledge that book 12 arrives in the fall, well, book 12 volume one of three. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, his estate tapped Brandon Sanderson to wrap up the series for us. I laughed and laughed when we were told that all would be wrapped up in this last book. Sanderson didn’t want to stretch it out into several volumes. Before Jordan (James Oliver Rigney, Jr.) died, I had put the reading on hold half way thought book 10. I needed to know the series ended before I could read another word. With the series already over 3,430,682 words, I expected the series to finish with book 15. While I am disappointed that the series won’t end this fall, I feel much better about loose ends being tied up correctly.

Sanderson’s explanation