Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen – Book Review

Water for Elephants
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Literary Awards

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

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.


 My Thoughts

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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