Being a member of Team Edward myself, I am pleased to see who will be playing vet student Jacob, who jumps on the circus train after suffering a great personal loss and falls instantly for horse trainer and showgirl Marlena, played by the lovely Reece Witherspoon.
I will say, though, that reading this book, just as I was anxious it would, left me with some darker thoughts about old age (parts of the novel are narrated by Jacob from the lonesome nursing home where he ends up) and our often brutal treatment of animals for the sake of entertainment, money and even food. I haven't gotten any of it figured out yet and probably never will, but I try to keep from thinking about how I can somehow reconcile the death of some animals (which just can't be as "humane" as we all tell ourselves it is) so I can eat steak or bacon (so yummy, I do admit) but could hardly bring myself to read this book because I feared something was going to happen to the titular elephant. I don't know...I just turn thoughts like this over and over in my mind, think about the suffering, the feelings we know all animals to have, not just pets, and get really sad and conflicted. Then if that's not awful enough I think about how scary it will be to be an elderly woman and have to be dependent on others for so many things, the indignity of it all, the loneliness, the possibility of forgetting all the good that happened to me along the way, the people I have loved, the people who have loved me. Old Jacob doesn't like to look in the mirror in the nursing home because he doesn't see himself there, and I know just what he means by that. I had a feeling this book would take me to some shadowy places in my mind...but I would like to see the film and am hopeful it will balance some of the melancholy I feel with some of the heart and vintage beauty I am so drawn to.