Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Book 14: Water for Elephants

Sara Gruen's novel came recommended by my vacation-friend Marta, who even went so far as to drop two more recommendations on my chaise today. She was right about this one, for sure.

Jacob Janokowski's life journey takes him from his final exams at Cornell through his time travelling with a train-circus through pre-Depression America. It is a lovely story, and it is well-told. We drift back and forth -- first meeting Jacob at a singular moment in his life, and then jump forward 70 years to his "assisted living center" as he is transported back and forth in time through his memories.

Suffice it to say, it's a book about a man, a woman, another (bigger) man, a dwarf, an old guy, and an elephant. It isn't a classic boy-meets-girl, but if you are hungry for nostalgia, then Water for Elephants will take you back to another era.



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