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Talking Points For Water For Elephants 2010-06-28 09:30:00

What Are Your Thoughts on Water For Elephants, Part 1?

Hopefully by now you've started reading Water For Elephants, because it's time to start discussing! The chapters absolutely flew by for me and I was instantly absorbed in the dichotomy of Jacob's past and present lives. I want to hear all of your initial thoughts, so here are a few talking points to get the ball rolling:

  • Jacob's recount of his younger years with the circus are obviously the focal point of the novel, but I'm finding his time in the nursing home to be equally engaging (not to mention heartbreaking). Which story are you enjoying more?
  • It's a bit jarring to find out that Marlena kills August in the prologue. Do you feel like the climax of the novel is already spoiled? Do you think she kills August out of love for Jacob?
  • Whenever a film adaptation of a novel is announced, I inevitably start picturing the actors as the characters. Though Jacob is described as a redhead, I'm already seeing Pattinson in the role — what about you?
  • So far we're getting a look at the nitty gritty behind-the-scenes drama of the circus, but it still feels a lot like a fairy tale to me. Do you think the cartoonish characters are meant to be a product of Jacob's memory or Sara Gruen's story telling?

Share your thoughts below or start your own topic threads in my community group! And don't forget to read chapters six through 10 for next week's discussion!

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