Book Reviews of Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants
Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen
ISBN-13: 9781565454996
ISBN-10: 1565454995
Pages: 335
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: Aloquin Books of Chapel Hill
Book Type: Hardcover
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This was a book that I truly did not think I'd like. Not a big fan of circuses, I just didn't think it would interest me. Boy, was I ever wrong! This book thrust me into its story from the very first page, and left me wanting more. The ending is wonderful â perfect and satisfying. While I am very leary of any book that contains abuse to animals, I found that I could endure the occasional abuses described somehow. I was so completely enthralled by the characters of this book, and could see the whole story in my mind's eye as I read. The author does say in an interview that the elephant, Rosie, was based on a real elephant (two, actually) she discovered when doing the research for this book. I often felt like I needed a shower while reading the book because it is so atmospheric and real that I felt like I'd been riding on the train without a good wash! At the same time, I felt I was a resident of the nursing home depicted in the book and wanted to have a good meal myself. Excellent book, one of the best reads of my adult life. It will definitely stay with me a long time.
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"Gorgeous, brilliant and superbly plotted" of my all time favorites. I could not put it it in one sitting!