Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Water for Elephants Review

I had been wanting to read this book for a while. A lot of people said it was a great read, so I was very excited to finally sit down and read it. I had not seen the movie until after I read the book, and I'm very glad I did. The book was amazing. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be at all! I was really surprised by the story. I had assumed that it was going to be mostly about a love story when really it was more like a history lesson about circus' and circus life (which was fine with me). It was really unlike anything I had read and I really enjoyed it.

Here is the description from Amazon:

Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski's ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell.
Jacob was there because his luck had run out—orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive "ship of fools." It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, a handsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn't have an act—in fact, she couldn't even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

Surprising, poignant, and funny, Water for Elephants is that rare novel with a story so engrossing, one is reluctant to put it down; with characters so engaging, they continue to live long after the last page has been turned; with a world built of wonder, a world so real, one starts to breathe its air."
I definitely recommend this book to anyone. I was extremely disappointed with the movie and would not recommend that at all. It was totally different from the book and even though I love Rob and Reese, I felt that there wasn't any chemistry between them. At times, it was awkward to watch them to be honest.

Have you read the book or seen the movie? What were your thoughts?

♥ Erin


Mandy@OrangeAutumn said...

I watched the movie but I haven't read the book.. I didn't like the movie, but usually that happens when a book turns into a movie, something is lost in the process. I might have to give the book a try! Thanks for the recommendation!

Mrs. Williams said...

I've been working on the book off & on for about 2 months. I'm not sure why I keep putting it down, I really like what I've read. The Hunger Games series distracted me :)

The Bases said...

I too loved the book, but was disappointed with the movie. I always thought it was weird that "Edward" and "Elle" were going to be love interests. It just doesn't seem right! Bad casting!

a displaced floridian said...

I haven't seen the movie, but I did love the book. Jacob was just so endearing as a young man and as an elder gentleman. It really tugged at my heart strings.

Frances said...

I loved the book too! I have not seen the movie bc I don't think that R&R have that chemistry that the Characters have in the book.

Emily said...

I haven't seen the movie or read the book. If I was going to do both would you suggest book before movie or other way around?

Miss K said...

i loved the book and enjoyed the movie! LOL

i agree that there was very little chemistry between the two, but i still enjoyed the story overall.