Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Adult Fiction (2007)
ALA Alex Award (2007)
The Quill Award Nominee for General Fiction (2006)
I have been wanting to read this book for a long time, but couldn’t get hold of a copy from the library for a long time…So finally I just got a second copy during my visit to Blossom Book House on Church Street. And it was indeed a good one.
I was going through few days during which I couldn’t read anything much that I fear that I will not be able to accomplish the Goodreads Challenge 2012 to read 50 books by the end of the year. Water For Elephants happens to be my 34th book and I am much behind my schedule.
The blurb from Goodreads
It was an awesome read and I completed this book within 3 days which is a great achievement considering that it was a Saturday-working week for me. The description about circus, Jacob’s life in the old age home, his relationship with Marlena, Rosie the elephant etc; everything was so enchanting. You could imagine pretty much everything and I am just waiting to watch the ‘Water For Elephants(2011)‘ movie in which Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon have played the lead roles as Jacob and Marlena.
Jacob, Marlena, August and Walter should be thought about as the main characters. Sara Gruen has done a great job in her portrayal of characters and her immense love for animals is written all over the book. I think Rosie the elephant will steal your heart by the end of the story :)
There has been few times when I laughed out loud reading something funny in the book which is something rare. But Water For Elephants is not a funny read. It has a good mix of everything – fun, pain, anger, craziness and more than that love in every form.
Verdict: Great read especially if you have enjoyed watching circuses with animals… A score of 4.5/5 would do justice.
PS: I feel bad for the current and future generations who doesn’t have a chance to see circuses with animals. Will they believe if we tell them that we have watched animals who could do acrobatics and all those stunts described in this book?
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