This book had a good story. It was extremely detailed, which I did not care for as much. There were a lot of what I like to call “omg moments” which kept me interested in reading. The small number of characters were well developed, and through the intricate detail you understood the role that they each played in the story. The relationships between the characters were very interesting. There were some parts of the book I found to be really weird, which mostly related to the time and intricacy of the relationships and characters. Overall, the book club really enjoyed this book, but it was not one of my favorites.
“Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen
“Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski's ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell. Jacob was there because his luck had run out -- orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive "ship of fools." It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, a handsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn't have an act -- in fact, she couldn't even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival. Surprising, poignant, and funny,Water for Elephantsis that rare novel with a story so engrossing, one is reluctant to put it down; with characters so engaging, they continue to live long after the last page has been turned; with a world built of wonder, a world so real, one starts to breathe its air.”
I LOVED THIS BOOK! This was one of the best books I have read in a long time and I would recommend it to everyone! It had many twists and turns to keep you engrossed and turning the page. Jacob’s story is so powerful, it keeps you hooked from beginning to end. I loved how the story started when Jacob was 93 and flipped back and forth from when he was 23. The transition between his ages were seamless. It was evident the author did a lot of research to ensure everything was accurate and it was amazing to really see the way people and animals were treated back then. Not only was it a good love story, it was a great life story. I cannot wait to see the movie next week!! :)
I had a fun weekend! Friday night I participated in a message circle with my mom and two friends. The medium was Francine Milano. Some more information from her website:
Message Circles Message Circles have become Francine Milano's signature event over the last decade. In the tradition of Spiritualism, the circle is a demonstration of mediumship. In recent times, messages from Spirit given to an audience in a formal setting has been referred to as a "Gallery Reading." A circle is usually a smaller group where everyone will get a message, though Francine is available for Gallery Readings (larger groups).
The evening starts with a short discussion regarding mediumship and the psychic work as well as some of the tradiional teachings of Spiritualism to offer a better understanding of Spirit communication. Following this discussion, Francine will offer messages from loved ones who have passed over and spirit guides to each participant in the group, leaving time for questions and answers pertaining to Francine's work.
What's the difference between a medium and a psychic?
A medium serves as a channel for communication for the other side, beit loved ones or spirit guides. And while a medium can be intuitive (clairsentience), a psychic is sensitive only on an intuitive level as with remote viewing or predictive work and does not get their messages from those on the other side. The line is a fine one, and many have both abilities calling themselves psychic mediums. Some prefer the word "intuitive" now rather than "psychic" due the stigma con artists have left to the word.
It was an awesome experience. Specifically I was told that something new in my life will be coming soon and I need to embrace it! I can't wait to see what it is! :) I learned a lot about myself, my family and my friends. I highly suggest it to anyone that is interested in that type of thing.
Saturday I spent the day reading my latest book club book (which I will discuss later). Saturday night I went to seeLimitless with some friends.
Bradley Cooper plays a writer who discovers a top secret drug (NZT) which allows him to use all aspects of his brain and basically gives him super human abilities. It was a good movie... very different and kept you on your toes. I'd give it 7 out of 10.
Sunday my mom & I went to visit my grandparent's for lunch, which is always nice to catch up. Then Sunday night was my weekly get-together with friends for dinner and to watch Desperate Housewives. One of my favorite traditions!