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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
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Apr 21, 2012

liked it
bookshelves: 2012, contemporary-fiction
Read from April 21 to July 23, 2012

I wanted more depth: to know these characters better, to like them more. The narrative device used to introduce everyone, at the height of panic, is clever writing but ultimately left me keeping the hero/heroines at arm's length. Beyond that, it seems Marlena is meant to be likable because horses like her. I'm still not sure why or whether Gruen intended the audience to get behind her, other than for pity.

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