Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Book Review: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Water for Elephants: A Novel
I began this book with NO idea what to expect. Water for Elephants was the December "assignment" for my small book group - it's about circuses and aside from the Big Top and the presence of elephants, I know nothing of circuses. I've only been to one in my life. This book was fantastic. I found myself picking it up whenever I had a spare minute - cooking dinner, supervising bedtime, waiting to pick up a kid. If I'd been able to find 3 or 4 uninterrupted hours I think I'd have read this book all the way through in one shot. Imagine my incredible good luck to discover that Sara Gruen was born in Northern Ontario, so this read counts toward my Canadian Book Challenge count too! I'd have enjoyed it anyway, but multi-tasking? Over Christmas?! Awesome!
Jacob Jankowski is ready to graduate from Cornell and take up the reigns of the veterinary practice his father has built. Or so he believes. 80 years later, he recollects a life completely beyond his youthful imaginings - his sudden derailment puts him squarely on the tracks his life was meant to follow.