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and wow! i did not expect to love it! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it.
I loved Jacob so much (and thank GOD was not ruined by Pattinson's image on my mind while reading). I didn't care much for Marlena or the love story but I was rooting for a happy ending for Jacob. he deserved it.
My favorite character was Walter and I was so sad for him to die in that horrible way. I was even sad for a moment there when we thought he lost Queenie, his dog.
For me, Walter and Camel were just supporting characters that really didn't have anything to do with Jacob. I understand that Camel was the one who took Jacob in, and Walter had accepted Jacob for who he was rather than the occupation he upheld, but since Sara didn't really revolve the book around Walter and Camel, like how she did with Marlena, August, and Rosie; I feel like she "got rid of" Walter and Camel in a very realistic fashion, since August and Uncle Al both wanted Jacob "red lighted" (it was an unjust way of getting rid of Walter and Camel, but I feel like that is what she had to do)
As far as everything else, I really do believe that Sara did a fantastic job with this book, and I would definitely recommend this book to other individuals.
princehole wrote:"Age is a terrible thief. Just when you're getting the hang of life, it knocks your legs out from under you and stoops your back. It makes you ache and muddies your head and silently spreads cancer throughout your spouse."
I loved this quote. In fact, I loved the entire book. Apart from the fact that I now know everything there is about circuses, I found the book thrilling! I watched the film first, then realised it was a book. Of course, the book beat the film by a mile.
The development of Jacob as a person and man, was well done. My favorite character was Rosie, of course. Without speaking a single word, Sara Gruen crafted Rosie in such a way that you knew her personality and feelings, making it impossible to not fall in love with her.
This is a book that I ofter recommend to people who are fans of historical fiction or are looking for a happy ending. I would be interested in reading more from this author.
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
All the characters were so fun and I loved the era of the book.
I really enjoyed reading both the story of Jacob in the retirement home , and Jacob as a young man working in the carnival.
I was so excited when I found out they were making a movie based on the book.
but I was so Disappointed there was so much I felt they left out.
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I believe the author did a ton of research and it shows in her book! I never spent any time considering what problems the circus trains would have experienced, let alone the social gaps between the "performers" and the workers.
All in all, an enjoyable read. I loved that in the end, our main character found someone who cared about his history even when his own family seemed to have forgotten.
I certainly learned more than I ever thought I would about the circus which was fun and I'm glad it had a happy ending. It really drew me in and I loved it. I thoughts it was extremely well written and the character development was great as well.
Overall I was super pleased with the book.