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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
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Jun 21, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read in June, 2009

This novel about 1930's traveling circuses in America is well-researched and solidly written. The plot never drags and the constant flash forwards to the main character in the 2000's, now in his 90's, is a nice touch but perhaps unnecessary. It adds little to the plot and in fact, adds a totally different theme that could be seen as distracting to the historical part of the book: how geriatrics are treated in our society and how they feel about it. The main character is most interesting as a crotchety old man; when he's young in the 30's, his character is bland and only serves as a good narrator for the fascinating, quirky circus folk around him. The historical tidbits were what I liked the most about the novel. After all, who isn't romantically fascinated by the circus?
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message 1: by MAP (new) - rated it 1 star

MAP I love you for being the only other person I know who DIDN'T like this book.


Marit Ha! I had high expectations for it too. Ah well.


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