I have a confession. I never looked twice at “Water for Elephants” in Borders Bookstore until I saw the
movie trailer on TV. It just wasn’t my normal read. I was pretty sure there was
no mystery, chase or murder involved, and not to mention I have absolutely no
interest in the Circus. It’s stinky and loud. Neither of these things I enjoy.
However, I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down and the main character burned inside
my brain for a solid week. I carried him around like he was my new Coach purse!
Several things make a good story for me, but the main ingredient necessary is the
ability to whisk me into another world. Is it strong enough to jerk me by the
collar and make my feet leave this world transporting me into another? “Water
for Elephants” not only had this ability, but the staying power through the
The journey includes two time lines and begins with the main character, Jacob
Jankowski, in the present day and jumps backward. As a young man Jacob attends
college to become a veterinarian. Before he takes his final exams he loses his
parents in a car accident, and finds he is left with nothing. In complete shock
he jumps a train unclear of where it’s going. This train begins the chapters of
his life in the circus, a world full of chaos, abuse, betrayal, friends and love.
The book is well written, colorful and to my surprise included suspense and murder.
A great read.
Til next time….