Saturday, February 6, 2016

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Orphaned, penniless, Jacob Jankowski jumps a freight train in the dark, and in that instant, transforms his future.

By morning, he's landed a job with the Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. By nightfall, he's in love.

In an America made colourless by prohibition and the Depression, the circus is a refuge of sequins and sensuality. But behind the glamour lies a darker world, where both animals and men are dispensable. Where falling in love is the most dangerous act of all... 

I read this when I was a college student. It wasn't an assignment. I just fell in love with the cover while I was studying at a bookstore's cafe. It was calling to me.

Reading this made me really happy. My favorite part of this book was the time period. It takes place during the Great Depression and Prohibition. The movie came out in 2011, but I still haven't watched it yet. Maybe it's because Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon make an odd pair.