Wednesday, November 21, 2007
week 1: Part B
In this first part of the book the protagonists name is Jacob Jankowski. When the book starts telling his story he is in college and is about to take his test, when his parents die he doesn't want to be there any more. "I walk until the edge of town and then veer off to follow the train tracks." (pg 23) He jumps onto a train and finds himself in a boxcar with a couple of men in it and he finds out hat he is on a circus train. Since he has lost his parents he wants a fresh start and in the morning he starts to work by shoveling horse manure and then moves up to work with the crowd when the circus started. This happens in the real world all the time, when people work really well in one area they move up to something better. When Jacob started working at the circus he didn't know what he had gotten himself into and all he wanted to do was run away from the hard times he was having back at him home and he ended up throwing away his chance to take the placement test he was going to take at his college. He should have thought about what he was really doing before giving up the money and time that he had already spent on his college education.