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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Book Review - Water for Elephants -Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants

A beautifully written tale set in the 1930 circus era. The story starts with a flashback to the past – a horrific event then slides to the now where the main character Jacob Jankowski is in a nursing home. Jacob then proceeds to flash into the past and back into the now as the story progress.
When Jacob joins the circus by accident – he jumped on a randomly passing train, he isn’t prepared for the force of nature that is August; charismatic but twisted animal trainer. Jacob is a veterinary student who hasn’t completed his final exams due to a tragic loss in his family. He becomes the person who is in charge of the circus menagerie as he is Cornell trained even if not diplomaed.
As the story progresses we meet Marlena, Walter, Big Al, Camel, Earl and many more people who impact on Jacob’s life and then we meet Rosie. She is the elephant that everyone thinks is useless until Jacob figures out her secret.
A very touching and vivid novel that people will enjoy reading. It has warmth, humour and passion that comes through in the author’s writing.
Hard to put down!


  1. One of those great books that you just don't want to put down. As an avid reader of non-fiction, I was surprised by how much I loved this book. Creative little twists make it interesting at the end. It's almost like two stories being told simultaneously that are seperate yet intertwined. Great read.

  2. I was suprised that I liked it as well, as I don't usually read this sort of book. I am glad you enjoyed it!!


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