July 31, 2009

Water For Elephants

Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. There he meets the freaks, grifters, and misfits that populate this world. He introduces us to Marlena, beautiful star of the equestrian act; to August, her charismatic but twisted husband (and the circus's animal trainer); and to Rosie, the seemingly untrainable elephant Jacob cares for. Beautifully written, with a luminous sense of time and place, Water for Elephants tells of love in a world in which love's a luxury few can afford. (from Barnes and Noble)

Man, I just love it when old people look back on their lives and tell their story. Attention authors, do more of that. I like it. This is such a great book. And to think I put off reading this for a long time. I wasn't interested in reading a romance set in a circus tent but I kept hearing good things about this book so I gave it a shot. And now I can't recommend it enough.


angie said...

Yay for me that I got to read it first! I liked it, but it's been awhile so I can't remember any details. Plus, I'm not good at reviews. I do like knowing what happens to the characters, so I liked that about this book.