Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

Books Before Blogging Review

I finished this book about six months ago, and remember it as a beautifully written, well researched book, with a great ending.

It is set during the American depression, and centres around Jacob, who finds himself working for a circus after he is unexpectedly orphaned. Life in the circus is described so vividly that I feel I could recognize each individual animal if they were ever put in front of me.

The story alternates between Jacob’s life in the circus, and Jacob as an old man, living in a nursing home. It is very cleverly paced, and full of twists and turns.

This book transports you to another world. It has a cast of amazing characters, and a very satisfying ending, with a clever twist. You can’t ask for more in a book! Highly recommended.

Also reviewed by: Dreamy Bee

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  1. Beth F says:

    I’m sure I’m the only one on earth who hasn’t read this yet. Maybe next year! Thanks for the review.

  2. FleurFisher says:

    I haven’t read this yet either, so I was delighted to read your review. It is moving up the TBR pile – thank you!

  3. Teddy says:

    I LOVED this book too!

  4. Pam says:

    I absolutely loved this book, I got it at the library last summer in VA when I was on vacation at my Mother’s. I tried to get her to read also but she only reads non-fiction.

  5. Jackie says:

    Pam – It was one of my favourites of last year. I still recommend it to people, but my mother-in-law wasn’t that impressed by it, so I may remove it from my recommendation list for older people!

  6. Madeleine says:

    I’ve heard wonderful news about this book, and a friend of mine enjoyed it immensely–all the same, I haven’t read it. Perhaps it’s about time, huh?

  7. Harvee says:

    Listened to the book on audio and absolutely loved it!


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