About a month ago, I finished reading this book, Water For Elephants. Sorry, didn't keep up with reviews! I'll do better. I thought it was pretty fantastic. It reads like a classic to me. I was an English major in college, so I have read a lot of classics and, I lurve books and I love to read. The huz never did care for reading much but recently is getting into it more and more and he really likes this book. It reads easily, it's detailed so you feel like you are really a part of the story and it's pretty epic in a literary sense: the path of your life and how it shapes who you become. Another idea sticks out to me as well: many older people have incredible stories and past that we don't know about because we don't ask enough. The circus theme paired with the depression era is so interesting and enthralling as well as a bit dark and twisted. There is so much deception, poverty and corruption hidden behind something that was so glamorous and entertaining. The edition I own has several historical photos in it and I am just sucked in by the history of it all. I really enjoy the author Sara Gruen's writing style. It's funny because I had a conversation with a friend of ours about this book: I mentioned that when I read it, I would not have known the author was a woman, based on the language and style. It's a little gritty and rough around the edges to me. He immediately said, I thought it was a woman when I read it. Interesting...I would love to hear what you thought.
And yes, I will be seeing the movie. But, no, I didn't buy the book because of the movie, I had it already. But, yes, I think the movie looks pretty amazing and any preview (remember my love for movie trailers?!) that uses good music (Florence and the Machine) makes me want to see it, immediately. Also, any movie that has Christoph Waltz featured in it (which that casting is dead on with the character August in the book- I don't think they could have chosen anyone any better) has my attention. Please say you saw him in Inglorious Bastards, he. was. amazing. And yes, I am one of those people that has to read the book before I see the movie or when the I read the book, I just see the people in the movie and I can't stand that. I want to visually create the characters myself and I did not picture Reese Witherspoon in that role or really, gasp, Robert Pattinson. Casting is sometimes funny to me and I know it's about "dolla dolla billz, ya'll".
Have you read the book? Are you going to see the movie? Let's chat.
photo by Frederick W. Glasier found via Coilhouse magazine + blog