Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October Group Read..

is Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen!

About: "Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski's ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell." Jacob was there because his luck had run out - orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive "ship of fools." It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, a handsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn't have an act - in fact, she couldn't even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival. (from goodreads)

This was one of the last books my grandma gave me with the quote.. " I didn't like it, but it might be a book that you like." hahaha. I wil admit I am hesitate to read it and have been putting it off and putting it off, so here is to hoping it was all for naught!

Happy reading!


Sarah said...

oh i heard its a reeeally good read
hope u enjoy it!
happy reading
thoughtfully, BONAFIDE BLOGGER

Kennedy said...

I gave this to my Grandma and she really liked it. My Grandfather is lost to Alzheimer's so I think she liked that aspect of the book.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I read this year ago and it warrants a re-read! Looking forward to reading it again!

Jennie said...

I read this a few months ago. Can't wait to hear what you think!

Marie Cloutier said...

how fun! enjoy!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Lol I love that quote from your grandma. I'm not going to lie- I totally wanted to read Case Histories, and I know you did too- so I'm curious who is voting for these other books hshs.

Anyway, I'm hopefully going to read it anyways.... I have heard good things but it just doesn't sound good to me for some reason. It does make me more confident that Lisa says it is good enough to RE-read!