Water for Elephants

Author: Sara Gruen
Finished: January 14th, 2011
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Great Depression, prohabition, the circus, romance, murder – all add to the thrills which is “Water for Elephants”. This was one story that I had a hard time putting down and when I finally did finish I wanted to go back and reread.

This was a story that I fell in love with -despite taking a few chapters to really grab my attention.

I love that the prologue began with (what was basically) the ending chapter. It was a creative way to set the pace of what was to come, as well as, making the reader guess who the characters Rosie, Marlena, and August are.

Jacob, we are told (right away) is the protaganist; we see the story through his eyes. You can’t help but root for him after discovering and witnessing everything that he endures throughout the course of the novel.

Marlena is a circus performer whom Jacob falls deeply in love with (no surprise there), despite being married to August. To be honest, Marlena was the one character I didn’t really care for – I felt bad for her, yes, but she was just sort of there.

After a story filled with so many ups and downs; the ending came as a pleasant surprise. I can’t wait to hear what others have thought about this wonderful novel.

2 thoughts on “Water for Elephants

  1. I felt the same way about Water for Elephants… took a while to get into, but really sucked me in. And the beginning was tricky!! I’m afraid to see the movie because I hated reading about the animal violence!

    1. That was part of the reason I didn’t want to see the movie too. I did though, and ended up really enjoying it. I just had to keep in mind that the bad guy doesn’t succeed in the end. 🙂

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