Thursday, April 21, 2011

Water For Elephants

Water for Elephants comes out this Friday, April 22nd.  I am very excited about seeing Sara Gruen's novel on the big screen and pray that it is true to the novel itself.

My dear friend, Connie, and fellow Lit-Chix, encouraged me to pick up this book as it is one of her all time favorites.  I did read it and to my pleasant surprise, loved it!  What a great story of hardship, loss, love and overcoming the obstacles of life. Jacob's character brings the story of his life to page with great prose. It is such a great book and once you open the pages you will find it very difficult to set it down.

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.


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