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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
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Apr 19, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: made-into-movie, kindle
Read from April 19 to 29, 2012 — I own a copy

This is one of those books which builds it all up, slowly, gradually and (no doubt)interestingly and then when it's time to pull back the camera from a tight frame to a larger one .. you realize that what is revealed is a dull one room apartment and not a palatial mansion that you imagined or expected. In other words, it was like an explosion without the impact.

Having said that, you could still choose to read it for the smoothness of Sara's storytelling style. It's engrossing, fairly detailed and dramatic (because the condition in which they live/travel/work is very pitiful).The main lead, Jacob Jankowski, is a strong, determined fellow accompanied by an equally talented Marlena, who doesn't leave her happiness to chance. The incidents of how the forgetful AND forgotten ninety three old Jacob copes up with his present make up for empathetic reading.

Pick it up if you are looking at filling up time without expecting too much or if the American train circus from the 30's holds particular interest for you.

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