Following the Prologue, Chapter One starts, “I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other.”
In Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen paints a picture of depression-era life in a second-rate circus from the memories of a now old man. The story contains danger, romance, circus history (with some great photo’s), and even murder. But best of all, Sara has done an outstanding job in capturing the feelings and realities of aging through the ninety or ninety-three year old Jacob Jankowski, who resides in a nursing home and receives family visitors on Sundays. A truly enjoyable read.