Sunday, September 16, 2007
Water For Elephants
A slight change in my book review routine.
Two members of my Book Club have kindly offered their own mini-reviews for your perusal. (Just took a bit of friendly persuasion…)
My own take on Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen?
I LOVED IT!
Now, if a book with a circus theme had been recommended to me, I might simply have nodded politely and taken a pass. However, since it was the book chosen for September’s Book Club meeting, no pass was allowed - and I’m so glad it wasn’t.
This is one of the benefits of belonging to a Book Club – you end up reading books you might never choose on your own. And nine times out of ten, you’re grateful you did. Water for Elephants was one of the nine!
Why did I love this book so much?
Because I love elephants? Perhaps. (And I do love elephants – I’m fascinated by them. I once took part in a Bathe the Elephants demonstration.)
Because I love circuses? No. Clowns scare me.
Because I love “behind the scenes” scenarios? Could be.
Bottom line, it was a delightful mixture of things. The characters were charismatic, the dialogue realistic, the setting fascinating, the plot intriguing and the story had a bit of a twist at the end.
But enough from me – read my guest reviewers opinions.
“Water for Elephants is a beautifully told story of a young man's coming of age during the depression era of the 1930s. The reader will be enthralled by the author's insight into the underbelly of chaotic circus life, where a tender love story unfolds amid jealousy, murder and greed. I enjoyed every page of this book!”
“An insightful look into the life of circus performers in the pre-Depression era, with an equally informative account of society as a whole during that period. The reader is treated to perspectives of a well educated young man thrown into the life of a transient, as well as his recollections and challenges of living in a senior’s home. Part commentary, part love story, part factual documentary, it is a wonderful read, allowing the reader to truly care about the characters.”
My thanks to Tanya and Megan.
Do read the book. You’ll love it.
It was a hit with my Book Club – and nine “ladies” can’t be wrong!