‘Water for Elephants’ Book Review

So I finally got around to picking up and actually reading my copy of ‘Water for Elephants’ this past week, and now I am wondering what took me so long!

The book tells the story of a ninety, or ninety-three – he can’t quite remember which it is – Jacob Jankowski, an old man that is living out his remaining time in an assisted living facility, who spends his days going through the same routine until a Circus pulls in to town and he begins to reminisce about his time as a young man…

At twenty three he was orphaned by a car crash and unable to continue the life he once knew.  He dropped out of veterinary college at Cornell and found himself aimlessly wandering the train tracks wondering what he was to do with his life now that everything he knew had been taken from him.  As if by some mysterious fate his question is answered when hears the whistle of a train followed by its engines hurtling towards him…  In that moment his life is changed forever.

By morning, he 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, were both animals and men are dispensable.  Where falling in love is the most dangerous act of all.


If you haven’t read it yet I can highly recommend it!  I’ve read it non-stop for the past 2 days and I have a few chapters to go, but so far I am really enjoying the read.  In fact it kind of reminds me of when I started to read ‘Twilight’ as that was another book that I just couldn’t put down.  So if you haven’t already, why not pick up a copy and read it before the movie hits cinemas on May 4th.

– Sheena

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Warning: This story does have adult tones and may not be suitable for all ages.

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