Please feel free to comment on chapters 1-5 at any time.
I’m not quite there yet, so I’m leaving for now. I will post my thoughts soon! Here are a couple points to think about as you read:
1. Water for Elephants moves between a story about a circus a nd a story about an old man in a nursing home. How do the chapters about the older Jacob enrich the story about Jacob’s adventure with the circus? How would the novel be different if Gruen had only written about the younger Jacob, keeping the story linear and never describing Jacob’s life as an old man?
2. Why does Jacob get so mad about Mr. McGuinty lying about carrying water for elephants? Do you see any similarities of temperament between the young Jacob and the old Jacob?
(Discussion question source: About.com)