My Favorite Books #2: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Author: Sara Gruen
Published: 2011, Algonquin Books

Brief Summary: Jacob Jankowski leaves college after the death of his parents in the 1930’s. He jumps a train only to discover he has joined a struggling circus act. There, he works as the veterinarian, meeting a menagerie of people, including the star of the show with whom he falls in love with but forbidden to have.

  • It’s a typical Romeo and Juliet story.
  • Except the lovers don’t die.
  • Plus there’s an elephant.
  • The elephant is very sweet.
  • Plus she gets her revenge on the bad guys in the end.
  • The circus life is very hard.
  • Especially those who are down on their luck.
  • Even the stars of the show aren’t as happy as they seem.
  • Is it a commentary on our society?
  • I don’t know, I just love the story.
  • There isn’t much depth to the story romance, but at least it has flavor.
  • I don’t know why I love it.
  • Because I love elephants.
  • And the circus life seems interesting.
  • Main characters are only in love because they find each other attractive.
  • Why does it matter? It doesn’t.
  • It’s light reading.
  • And I find a connection to it.
  • Because I like light reading.
  • It’s one of those books that I can’t explain as to why I love it.
  • Maybe because you don’t read about circus life behind the scenes.
  • It’s not all that glamorous but fun anyway.

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