19 Feb 2011

Book Review - Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants: A Novel
Number of Pages - 320

Publisher - Algonquin Books

My Review - 10 out of 10

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. 

 I absolutely loved this book.  The first time I heard about this one was that it was going to be made into a movie with Robert Pattinson in it.  The trailer for it looked amazing so I thought I would go and purchase the book.  If I can, I do prefer to read the book before the movie and this book definitely did not disappoint...  From the first few lines and all the way through, I loved the style of writing, the pace of the story and the world of the circus.  I would strongly recommend this book to all you guys out there, it is brilliant...

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Best wishes 



Claudia said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.