The Book in The Back of the Library

Nowadays, due to the overwhelming amount of books, articles, blogs and other things to read, it can be very hard to find a good story, something worth the time you take to read it. You can no longer just look for a good story; you have to dig, through miles of trash and useless mumble jumble. The best stories are the ones in the back of the library, where the lights flicker and it smells a bit like mildew and old paper. These are the stories, legends, and narratives people ignore because of their boring, normal looking covers. That is because good stories are masters of disguise. They portray themselves as dull, tedious works and you find yourself walking, if not sprinting towards the section that reads, Edward Cullen, Jacob Black. Who Will Bella Choose?! What you don’t know is that if you venture back to that dusty old section and check out one of those dusty old books, you will find yourself swept into a world you never could have imagined on your own.

These stories that are worth telling are told with depth beyond the obvious. They are our history, woven from many generations into a small paperback, $3.00 book at Borders. These stories are art. They are a person’s thoughts and emotions painted in vivid greens and blues upon a canvas. You never read about the ocean. You hear the waves, smell the seaweed and taste the salt on your lips. A good story does not lecture you in the ways of good and bad. They do not threaten you by telling you a tale of what happens to the bad guy when the hero comes along. They have no moral in which to teach. They simply wish you think. Think about the world and see it through different eyes.

Water for Elephants is not one of those stories you would find in the back of the library. Not because it was not worth telling, but because it was so good, it was able to move itself to the Best Sellers section. This book introduces itself with such detail, you find yourself becoming a part of Jacob’s world. You are not listening to his life, you are experiencing it.

The best thing about Water for Elephants is that it makes you think about time. All the chapters about Mr. Jankowski has you thinking about how you might feel when you get old or what it will be like when you get up one morning, look in the mirror and find an old decrepit face staring back at you from where your face should be. Things like this are what makes Water for Elephants and other fantastic stories worth telling.