Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Book Review: "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen

One of the very first chapter books I ever read was a book about the circus. I had read a number of books about the circus before I ever saw a circus. When I finally did see the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey extravaganza, I was pleased to discover that some things really do live up to their hype.

I love going to the circus and I love books about the circus. I have wanted to read this book since it was first published, but had not gotten around to it. I decided to splurge and buy a "regularly published" book to read on my Kindle, as a change-up to the free and cheap indie books I've been reading.It turns out this one was the best book I've ever read about the circus!

It's typical circus story about a young man whose life implodes and he ends up with a circus. It has all the typical circus characters. There's violence, sex, hate and love. The story is narrated by the main character. I love his voice. It was almost lyrical. I'm not going to go into any detail. Gruen tells her story better than I could ever summarize it. Read her version, not mine.

I especially loved the ending, which is unusual for me because most of the time I am somewhat disappointed with the endings of books, even if I love everything else about the book. In this case, the ending made me want to stand up and cheer.

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