Water For Elephants: A Novel {Review}

by | Jun 3, 2011 | KUWTR

Water for Elephants: A Novel

Author: Sara Gruen

Source: Personal Purchase

Format: Kindle
File Size: 542 KB

Print Length: 464 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1616200715

Publisher: Algonquin Books; Mti Rep edition (March 1, 2011) 

Language: English


As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.
About the Author:

Sara Gruen is the author of the bestseller Riding Lessons and Flying Changes.
She lives north of Chicago with her husband, her three children, four cats, two
goats, two dogs, and a horse.

I really enjoyed this book. It is uniquely and well written from two perspectives of the same person. You definitely get drawn into the drama of the circus and invested in all of the characters. Sara keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. I do not want to give anything away but I was surprised at the ending!! I would definitely recommend and purchase this book to/for others.


    4 Hearts: Really Good
You can purchase a copy of Water for Elephants on Amazon.

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of Water for Elephants and wanted to share my thoughts with my readers. I was not compensated to write a positive or favorable review. This is Keeping Up With The Rheinlander’s personal opinion


  1. Tammy

    I loved it too! The ending was not what I expected either! 🙂 So good!

  2. Brandi

    I LOVED this book! 🙂 We are actually reading it again and I started a book club with it! 🙂

  3. UpperBottom

    I loved it also!!! And the movie is INCREDIBLE!!!

  4. Mellodee

    Just a little side note, I have a friend who is struggling to be a working actor in Hollywood. She is one of the circus performers (not sure which one, I haven’t seen the movie)in the movie and is actually IN the movie, her scenes did NOT end up on the cutting room floor!

  5. MikiHope

    A friend recently gave me a copy of this book–it was superb!! I enjoyed it enough that I also wrote about it on my blog
    I am your newest follower (and animal lover extraordinaire)

    Michele aka MikiHope

  6. Cameo Renae

    Wow! Thanks for the great review. 🙂 I'm thrilled that you enjoyed In My Dreams, and am truly overwhelmed at the response it's been getting. You have a beautiful family! 🙂


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