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This review is from: Water for Elephants (Paperback)Unlike the previous reviewer, I was truly 'swept away' by this book. It was so full of fascinating insights, wonderful (though not always lovable) characters and a story line that I couldn't put down. I loved the fact that all the anecdotes were taken from old circus history and I'd never heard of the great circus trains of mid 1900's America. As a bonus Ms Gruen has included some superb photos from circus archives that really complement the narrative.
Jacob Jancowski is studying for his final exams in veterinary medicine when the death of his parents leaves him in dire straits, both mentally and financially. In his confusion and despair he finds himself wandering, and before he comes to his senses he's jumped a train and entered a new life. It's a life full of highs and lows, a fast learning curve for a fresh faced lad from an Ivy League University.
Jacob, however, finds his niche and so unravels a wonderful story of an unknown time in a traveling circus.
Alongside this runs the current day Jacob, an old man in a nursing home, waiting out the end of his days, when the circus comes to town....
I loved the way the two stories were woven together at the end of the book, but I'm not going to give anything away. You'll have to read it!
My book of the year this year was Joanne Harris's "Gentlemen and Players", but at the last minute I think this book has pipped her to the post!
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Initial post: 1 Jul 2010 18:27:42 BDT
Nicola Brown says:
"I'd never heard of the great circus trains of mid 1900's America" - didn't you see Dumbo? Good review, though - I'm going to have to read it!
In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2011 18:43:47 BDT
Mrs. D. L. Cox says:
I was going to mention dumbo. :)
In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2011 22:50:37 BDT
LOL, don't think I actually watched Dumbo!
Now I think perhaps I should :)
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2011 23:11:02 BDT
Seriously - does anyone who read it think I'd be upset by reading about the nursing home? My husband died in one in January and his time there was the most hellish three years of my life, to say nothing of his [he was hit over the head on one occasion]. I hope someone will reply to this plea.......Thank you. Mary
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