Water for Elephants, written by Sara Gruen


August Book Club selection
Everyone loves this book, book clubs have been reading for this over a year and we finally decided to read it for August. I wasn't able to attend our meeting in August but everyone enjoyed the book and there was a lot to discuss.
I read this as a new release and it was a good story, strong character development and plot. I enjoyed the book and always like learning something while reading a novel.
Type: Fiction 352 pages, Hardcover
Synopsis:
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.

2 comments

  1. I thought this book dragged some when it was set in the present, but the circus era of Jacob's life pulls the reader along. Great characters and a lot to learn in this book.

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  2. What a terrific read! I read this almost in one setting on vacation. Great fiction with a historical basis that lends credibility.

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