Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

water-for-elephants“Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski’s ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell. Jacob was there because his luck had run out – orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive “ship of fools…”

If you haven’t read this book before, I beseech you to! I’ve had numerous friends tell me what a great book this is and that I’d love it. But I don’t enjoy reading books about animal cruelty and to be honest, even though I like going to circus shows now and then, I didn’t really want to read about a circus. Yes, this book is basically about a circus, yet, it is so much more. It follows Jacob through his grieving process and then his romantic relationship with Marlena. The animal cruelty worsened a great deal once they added Rosie to their circus. At times I even found myself getting extremely angry with August. He was such a cruel and evil man! But Rosie was a sweetheart. She didn’t take her anger or frustration out on anyone, well… not till the very end. But by then she had my full approval to do what she did. I know, spoiler alert! (Kind of). This book was really well written and was a pretty easy read, aside from the emotional trauma that one may experience once in a while. Other than that this book was amazing! The love that Jacob had for Marlena, and she for him, was very sweet and romantic. He was like her very own prince charming, I mean, she was a damsel in distress after all. This book is extremely intriguing so I hope that it’s the next one, or two, on your to read list. Also, Happy 4th of July to all of you!! 🙂

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