I loved this book. It is about a 93 year old man in a nursing home who had joined the circus when he was a young "almost veterinarian" during the depression. It's not the usual type of book I pick out, but am I ever glad I did. What a story. It moves skillfully back and forth between his life then and now. You'll laugh and cry as you listen to his exploits. The author paints such a believable picture of circus life, that you'll wonder if he was ever in the circus himself. The ending is a real surprise, too. Don't miss this one.
When my friend recommended this book to me, she couldn't say enough about it. How right she was! I work in the healthcare industry and appreciate how Sara Gruen captured the spirit of how the eldest members of our society can tell a story. More importantly, what is left with us after they have shared their histories. I recommended this read to my mother and she read stayed up until 6:00 a.m. to finish it in a day. A must read!
I liked this book. The story was interesting and sentimental. The readers were very believable. I didn't give 5 stars because of the bad language and discriptive sex scenes that I had to fast forward over.
Gruen does a terrific job of describing the settings. Listening, one easily can picture the scenes in which the acting occurs. I have a very strong "visual" image of the rail car where Jacob, Walter, the horses and Camel lived.
The 90 or 93 year old Jacob is a marvelous character. Life in a nursing home has never been described as well as this narrative.
Perhaps this is a sign of good writiing, but I grew to dislike the young Jacob early in the book. I found him to be a self-centered young man. He overreacts, thinks everyone should see things his way and is interested in himself above all others. I disliked him so much I nearly quit listening.
But I'm glad I listened, anyway. Sometimes, good writing does this to you.
I am a book listener and this was the best. I cannot decribe how this book took me into the world of this carnival and took me forward to the book ending. The only downside that I can mention is the VERY end was a little weak. I was expecting more. Still a five star and more. Love the charactors and the narrators. Both narrators are exellant. So real. Thanks to the author and I hope she provides many more just as good as this one. I look forward to them.
I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. I laughed heartily, felt sad, was horrified and cheered. I actually responded aloud when something struck a chord. I'll listen to this book again, and hope to catch things I didn't get the first time around. That is truly a first for me. Well done!!!
This story is both beautiful and horrible. There were times when I was cringing as I listened due to the brutality of some of the circus workers in the depression era. Some may find it hard to listen to for that reason. but it is a beautifully written and narrated novel. And the ending was just what I needed!
I enjoyed this story very much. I listened each time I went to go workout and it was a great motivating factor! Not a whole lot of action going on in this book but the way it's written, really keeps you hooked.