22 February 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen

I actually read and reviewed this one just six months ago but someone in my book club chose it so I decided to re-read it. It’s always interesting when I read a book a second time, especially if it was one that I really enjoyed (and this was definitely a book I enjoyed immensely.

I noticed things I didn’t notice in the first read, probably because I knew what was going to happen so I found a lot of the little quirky foreshadowing and things. The prologue, of course, caught me and a lot of “ahhh…” moments.

This is a book you must read. It really is that simple. I had looked at it a few times, but it really didn’t look like anything I would want to read, so I kept skipping it. A friend of mine insisted I read it last year and I’m glad she did. It’s absolutely wonderful! Read it.

As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

Rating: ★★★★★

Book count for 2010: 15

One Response to “Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen”

  1. Dana Fortier 2 April 2010 at 10:51 am Permalink

    This one took me a while to read the first time, but when I finally did, I immediately read it again and caught a bunch of stuff I missed the first time through.

    I’m wondering how true to the book the movie will be. I’m not happy with initial casting, but we’ll have to see.

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