Thanks for all of the sweet comments on my last post, I promise I won't leave you hanging and I will post a picture of my hair soon :)
I have been debating reading Water for Elephants for some time now. I've been apprehensive about reading the book because I don't want to read about the mistreatment of the circus animals. I read this excerpt from a review, and it makes my stomach churn:
Gruen, whose first novel was "Riding Lessons," turns horses and other creatures into sympathetic characters. According to an author's note, she studied elephant body language and behavior with a former handler at the Kansas City Zoo. The research pays off. August's mistreatment of Marlena pales beside the visceral wallop of his nonchalant cruelty toward Rosie: "I look up just as he flicks the cigarette. It arcs through the air and lands in Rosie's open mouth, sizzling as it hits her tongue. She roars, panicked, throwing her head and fishing inside her mouth with her trunk. August marches off. I turn back to Rosie. She stares at me, a look of unspeakable sadness on her face. Her amber eyes are filled with tears."
For those of you that have a hard time reading stuff like this, does this occur A LOT or does the story of Jacob and Marlena takes center stage? I know that there has to be some mistreatment (of humans and animals) because it wouldn't be accurate otherwise.
I did decide to download the book for my Nook, and right now, I've made it to the middle of chapter 2 and I'm really hoping that I can enjoy the book and watch the movie because the previews look fantastic. Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, and Robert Pattinson are all wonderful actors.
I'd really love to hear your thoughts on Water for Elephants if you have read it.
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