Saturday, February 26, 2011

Book Review

I knew I had to read this book the moment I saw the trailer for the movie...

And so, I requested it from the library and waited a few weeks for the book to become available. I started reading it the day I got it and had it finished a few days later!

Title: Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen
Pages: 350

Book Description:
An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford.

My Thoughts:

What a good story! Worth reading. A pretty quick easy read too. I recommend this one.... Go read it, then you can watch the movie and pick it apart when it comes out in April!

On another note, I'd really love to kick my reviews up a notch... but then I'd have to contend with this problem of giving away too much. So I hope the "yeh or neh" type reviews are ok ;-) Also, for books that I've read and seen the movie for afterward, I usually post a note on that particular book review stating which I liked better, the book or the movie. So come back to this post in a few months if you interested!

*I preferred the book to the movie!!

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  1. I loved this book too! It was a breeze to read and highly entertaining. I'm interested to see if the movie will do the book justice.

  2. I hope so! I love Reese Witherspoon. I can already see differences between the two though ;-)

  3. I've heard good things about this book and am going to have to read it. The movie looks good too!

  4. I read this book a few years ago and totally loved it also. In fact I was so taken with it I painted an elephant just for the occasion: ( if you want to look.

    I like your reviews, they are thoughtful and interesting. Keep them coming.

  5. You can kick up your book reviews a notch without giving things away. It's nice to see what people think about a book and why. Talk about style, about the writing, do the storylines and plotlines make sense? Etc. No need to give the ending and such away, but telling a little about the book isn't a bad thing. I think people expect to see some of that stuff when they read a review.

    Give your readers a reason to want to read the book, outside of a yeh or neh! :)

  6. @Teri, Uh-o I think that was the wrong link :-/

    @PJ, true.. but I guess part of it is too that I don't like to nitpick too much... I myself don't read long reviews becuase I really just like to know if it was a decent read or not. I think the book description gives enough of the plot and whatnot ;-) but again - that's just me. I guess maybe I'm a bad reviewer in general haha, I def. judge books by their covers when I go to pick a book to read ;-P

  7. Oops, try this one. Sorry about that.

  8. Thanks so much for reviewing this book. I read it because of this post and LOVED IT!