My book club meets this Saturday to discuss Water For Elephants (which for some reason I always want to call Like Water For Elephants…), so instead of posting a comprehensive review I thought I’d share:
Things That I Have Learned Reading Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
1. Circus people are cranky!
2. Breasts can move in ways I thought only possible in Japanese Anime movies.
3. That “Stars and Stripes Forever” is also considered a Disaster March.
4. That everyone needs a little privacy, especially short men with 8-pagers.
5. Old people lie. About carrying water for elephants. And probably other things too. Or maybe not, maybe they think it really happened. Like how you can just buy some mickey mouse ears off the internet and over time convince your kid that they’ve gone to Disney World while in reality you spent the vacation money on box wine and lottery tickets.
6. That red-lighting has nothing to do with the red light district.
7. That maybe my dog Emmy isn’t really that dumb, maybe she just speaks Polish.
8. You are never too old to run away and join the circus.
9. Retirement homes serve crappy food- although I actually already knew that.
10. It’s best to just go ahead and wear a name tag, preferably large print, when visiting your loved ones in a retirement home. That way if they forget your name they can still pretend they know it and maintain a little dignity.
11. And while Water For Elephants is the holy grail to most NaNoWriMo authors, nowhere in the book, afterward, questions, etc does Sara Gruen acknowledge this. A little disappointing, Ms. Gruen, a little disappointing. Although I am in awe of your research skills and dedication.
Water For Elephants gets a Midnight Book Rating of: