Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Published March 29th 2007 by Harper Perennial
Rating~ 4.5/5 Stars
Orphaned, penniless, Jacob Jankowski jumps a freight train in the dark, and in that instant, transforms his future.
By morning, he’s landed a job with the Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. By nightfall, he’s in love.
In an America made colourless by prohibition and the Depression, the circus is a refuge of sequins and sensuality. But behind the glamour lies a darker world, where both animals and men are dispensable. Where falling in love is the most dangerous act of all…
It’s mesmerizing. It’s romantic. It’s unforgettable! Those words don’t even begin to describe how amazing it is!!
A powerful historical novel about the life of Jacob Jankowski, a veterinarian who joins a Depression era traveling circus. The narrative focuses on Jankowski both at age 90 (or 93) while living in a nursing home and as a young man of 24, who loses his parents and is forced to leave his schooling at Cornell University. Despite not having completed his exams, he is hired as a veterinarian for the Benzini Brothers Circus.
These details may reveal much about the story, but they will spoil nothing of the story. There are many plot twists and turns which propel the reader into the circus world, as well as into the mind and feelings of the protagonist.
The composes the narrative with wonderful language which brings the time, places and people of the story to life. There is a full cast of great characters in the book.
I recommend this title for anyone fond of historical fiction, or for anyone just looking for good read to get lost in for a while.
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