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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
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Jun 16, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: book-group, fiction, 2008
Recommended to Phayvanh by: book group, Marianne
Recommended for: beach readers

This book was passed on to me from my boyfriend's mother, who read it for her bookgroup, so of course, I was reluctant to pick it up on my own. Thank goodness for bookgroups. I read this in one sitting--that easy and interesting--in advance of my group's next meeting.

The narrative alternates between past and present, the geriatric home and the life on the road, with the circus, a good use of this method of telling. By the middle of this book, both narratives have melded together nicely, and it's ver easy to keep track of both stories and gain an appreciation for the greater story.

My favorite characters are Kinko, Rosemary, and Marlena. They are so fully rendered and so vital to the narrator's experience. I wished I'd known them.

In short, an informative, engaging story, full of drama, love and sorrow. A good summer read.

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