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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Throwback Thursday: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature co-hosted by Never Too Fond of Books and The Housework Can Wait. This is a fun way to write about and review beloved books we haven't read in a while.

 Genre: Adult Fiction (Historical Fiction/Romance)

As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie.

It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.
My Review: 
Water for Elephants was a book that I never really thought about reading, but after enjoying two of Sara Gruen's other books, Riding Lessons and Flying Changes, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to give it a go. I guess the big reason why I never planned on reading this book was because I expected there would be quite a bit of animal cruelty taking place, and that is something I don't tolerate well, even when it is fictional. With that being said, this became a book that I think every animal lover should read. It stirred so much emotion in me that I felt like I became a part of the story as I read. With each turn of the page, it came more and more alive. There were moments that brought me to tears while others brought out the giggles. I'm Team Rosie all the way! What started out as a book that I wasn't too keen on reading, became one of my favorite books of all time.

To learn more about Sara Gruen and her books, visit her website.


  1. I loved this book! And Rosie was such a wonderful character. She had a real presence in the book, and my heart broke for her.

    Thanks for participating in our first Throwback Thursday! We hope it catches on - there's so many great books out there!

  2. I think it'll catch on. It's a great idea! And super fun!

  3. Thanks for participating in our first Throwback Thursday! Sorry it's taken me a few days to stop by. This book has been on my TBR list for ages. Maybe one of these days I'll actually get to read it!


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