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Water for Elephants
Stephen Mack's review
Jun 29, 2013
Read 2 times. Last read June 21, 2013.
It's clearly well-researched, and the photographs that end each chapter add a ton of charm. It left me with a better sense of the era, but overall I didn't think Jacob (either young or old) had quite enough depth of character, and too much of what happened felt either unearned (such as why Marlena fell for him in the first place) or too distant (such as the off-hand way her story is wrapped up). I know it's a short novel but too many of the characters and scenes were a touch underwritten. So: Not bad, but not great.
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