This week’s featured book:
Water For Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen
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 two daughters read this book way before I did and wondered what the heck I was waiting for. What was I waiting for? Well, simply put, I didn’t think I could get into a story about the circus in the 1930s. Boy was I wrong! Once I got started, this book had me hooked from the first chapter. It is utterly superb and completely absorbing! Water For Elephants is an easy and enjoyable read with equal parts adventure, (fictional) memoir, mystery, humour, love story and historical account. The writing is delightful and the characters dance off the page, especially Jacob who you will simply adore.
So what are you waiting for? Give it a try!