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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
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Jun 28, 2017

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, romance

The whole thing made me think of 'The Great Gatsby'. I don't know if that's because the time periods were the same or the author captured some of Fitzgerald's style. I haven't seen the movie, I wanted to read the book first. I don't think I'll go see the movie now - some pretty graphic scenes in the books that I wouldn't want to see on a screen.

I know it was a different time, but I can't fathom the outright cruelty that not only the animals endured, but also people. I guess I'm sheltered because I'm sure that there are places in the world (and in the US) that this situation wouldn't seem so unbelievable.

On a lighter note, it was a great look into the old circuses. I've never seen a Ringling Bros. circus (I can't remember the name of the one that used to come to my hometown all during my elementary school years), but I still remember how sparkly and glamorous that life seemed. Water for Elephants showed the dark side of the traveling circus, but kept some of the glamor too.

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Reading Progress

February 18, 2017 – Shelved (Kindle Edition)
February 18, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read (Kindle Edition)
June 25, 2017 – Started Reading
June 25, 2017 – Shelved
June 25, 2017 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
June 25, 2017 – Shelved as: romance
June 27, 2017 – Finished Reading

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