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May 17, 2007

Water For Elephants

Just finished a good book loaned to me by my good friend and even better step-daughter. And tonight I came across this quote:

All good books are alike
in that they are truer
than if they had really happened.
~ Ernest Hemingway (in Esquire, December 1934)

The book was Water For Elephants, and I can not even tell you why I liked it so much. Perhaps I am just a sucker for "old-men-in-nursing-homes-telling-the-stories-of-their-lives" setting.
You know, like "Losing Julia" and "The Notebook" two of my all-time favorites.
Anyway, I'm not sure about the validity of Hemingway's statement, but I do know that I WANT this book to be true ... while accepting it as a work of fiction non-the-less. Jacob will remain one of my favorite old men, (second only to Patrick in Losing Julia) because he can cry without shame, and because he has helped me to remember that being 90, or 93 - does not change a person, it simply traps your authentic self in an older, less convenient package that is too often dismissed by youth. Take some time and look inside ... (both the book and the soul of an elderly friend) what you find may suprise you.

Did I mention that a long car ride such as the one just required for my business trip to Baltimore is actually something to look forward to when you are listening to a good audio book?

Posted by sunybank at May 17, 2007 11:49 PM

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