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.
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