Sunday, May 1, 2011

Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen

This book has been on and off of my TBR list for ages because I couldn't decide if it was something that I truly wanted to read, or if it was really my "style". Then, with the movie coming out there has been quite a bit of buzz about it, so I finally decided to pick it up for my vacation.

Oh how I adored this book. The characters and setting are so rich and well written that I literally couldn't put it down. I created the scenes in my head in immense detail and could see, hear, and even smell and feel the words as they jumped off the page at me.

I must admit that several parts were very difficult for me to read. Gruen writes about the life of circus animals in a way that made me extremely... uncomfortable. However, it wouldn't be as honest and believable as it is without those aspects and truths. I fell in love with the animal characters, Queenie and Rosie especially.

What I think I enjoyed most about this story were the relationships. Not just that of Jacob and Marlena but also between Camel, Kinko, Rosemary and Jacob (to name a few). The bonds and fights and intense emotion made them fascinating to read about. I could really imagine old Jacob reliving these scenes as he contemplates his life.

I truly loved this book and will be recommending it to everyone for while. A rock solid tale of love, adventure, choice and life. If you haven't read it yet, do yourself a favor and go pick it up. Personally, I can't wait to read more from Gruen in the very near future.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

I just finished this book a few hours ago. And I loved it. My mom gave me her old Kindle Friday night, and I started reading Saturday and couldn't put it down. It was incredible. I devoured it, I didn't want it to end.

I felt like I was there, I'm excited to see the movie.