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I just read the first twelve chapters. What is the significance of the author writing about old Jacob? Please explain how that contributes to or emphasizes the theme, reveals his experience, and makes it important to the whole story.

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Sara Gruen has the elderly Jacob tell the story to emphasize that it is one person's experience as seen through his eyes and at a distance of many decades. The reader learns that Jacob and Marlena, following their adventures in the circus, stayed together for many years. She was the love of his life, as he was hers.

The experiences that brought them together were so crucial in creating that lifelong bond between them that Jacob vividly remembers...

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