So I need to be honest. I have a huge crush on Robert Pattinson (as any good Twilight Girl does) and when I saw that he was going to be in a new movie with Reese Witherspoon called Water for Elephants AND I found out it was a best selling novel, well I just had to read it.
Now this book was very interesting and I felt it was a great read.
HOWEVER, definitely not suitable for young readers. It’s quite naughty in many parts, but I thought the entire story and all the back information on circus life in the 1930’s was SO interesting!
I definitely recommend it TO ADULTS and give it 4 stars.
With its spotlight on elephants, Gruen’s romantic page-turner hinges on the human-animal bonds that drove her debut and its sequel (Riding Lessons and Flying Changes)—but without the mass appeal that horses hold. The novel, told in flashback by nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski, recounts the wild and wonderful period he spent with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a traveling circus he joined during the Great Depression. When 23-year-old Jankowski learns that his parents have been killed in a car crash, leaving him penniless, he drops out of Cornell veterinary school and parlays his expertise with animals into a job with the circus, where he cares for a menagerie of exotic creatures[…] He also falls in love with Marlena, one of the show’s star performers—a romance complicated by Marlena’s husband, the unbalanced, sadistic circus boss who beats both his wife and the animals Jankowski cares for. Despite her often clichéd prose and the predictability of the story’s ending, Gruen skillfully humanizes the midgets, drunks, rubes and freaks who populate her book.
- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: Algonquin Books (April 9, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565125606