Water for Elephants

21 10 2008

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is a remarkably clever book.  Gruen uses memory to warp time and to move seamlessly from one “present” to the the other.  The story is told from the point of view of Jacob Jankowski, who worked as the vetrenarian for a circus during the Great Depression.  The two “presents” of the book are the current time: Jacob in a nursing home and the present of the past: jacob’s circus days. 
The story moves remarkably fast and is very easy to fall into.  I enjoyed it immensely, and couldn’t stop reading once I had started, ultimately finishing in a single day. -Maddie




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