Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

19 Sep

So So So Good! If you need to take a break from your life for a bit, this is the book for you.  It is essentially the story of an old man recounting his life working as a vet for the “Benzini Bros. Most Spectacular Show on Earth” The story takes place during the height of the depression, Jacob Jankowski hops aboard a passing train, inadvertently “running away with the circus”. I read this book in 3 days and I kept trying to put it down to pace myself it was that good.  The book also has old photographs at the beginning of each chapter  from the collection of the Ringling Circus Museum.  The story is dark and funny, touching and unpredictable.

Rating ***** (in my top 10)

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