Water for Elephants takes place during the Depression. A young man, Jacob, leaves his life behind after a terrible tragedy. He jumps on a train and begins working with a travelling circus. He becomes good friends with a circus worker and infatuated with a beautiful performer who is married to a cruel animal trainer.Jacob also becomes friends with an elephant, Rosie.
This was a very good book. It was a quick read and good for the summer. The author creates a vivid description of the struggling circus. You can almost see the crew members set up, the acts performed for the crowds, and the sweet elephant Rosie. Animal lovers will like this book. There are some parts about animal cruelty which I didn't like but overall it wasn't that bad. While a lot of the book evolved around Jacob's friendship with Rosie, there was also a love interest with Marlena.
I give this book a Thumbs Up.
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