Book: “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen

Good evening readers….

I imagine many of you have read Water for Elephants.

This book was on the New York Times Best Seller list for twelve weeks in 2006 as a hard cover book, and was back in first place on the NYT Best Seller list as a paperback in 2007.  The book has also won many other awards.

The major themes in the novel include: circus life during the depression, and our rich heritage of traveling circuses; emotions, self-esteem, love and mental illnesses.

Another theme in the novel is the care, feeding, training and transportation of the animals in the circus.
Ms. Gruen is an excellent writer, and brings the characters, scenes and story development in her book to life.

I always say if a novel can cause me to feel a range of emotions, then that is a barometer of a good book.  Of course there are other measurements I consider when rating a novel, but my “emotion-barometer” holds true in many cases.  In Water for Elephants, I felt anger, joy, sadness, frustration, and compassion.  I also enjoyed reading about the old traveling circuses.


If you haven’t read it…..check it out!  If you have, perhaps you’d enjoy reading it again, or seeing the movie!

Thanks for stopping by~

6 thoughts on “Book: “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen

  1. I loved this book. Everything about it was soo good! I added it to my top book recommendations, naturally:

    I watched the movie first. I’m ashamed but I wasn’t interested in the circus — only Reese and Robert. I figured, if the movie was horrible, then I’d only wasted a couple of hours, not a week or two reading the novel.

    But I raced to my computer to buy ‘Water for Elephants’ from the Book Depository for $6.06 as soon as the movie finished! I could tell the book would be magical too.

    And it was one of the best escapes I’ve had from reading a novel 🙂

  2. Amazing weblog! Do you might have any suggestions for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own weblog soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a totally free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? You’ll find so several choices out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any tips? Appreciate it!
    My blog is about toys for toddlers.

    • Hi Linda..
      I would start with WordPress. It’s free and you can always upgrade to a regular paid website if you want to, at a later date. In fact, WordPress will help you do that if you want. There are many writers on WordPress, so you’d be right at home here.
      I looked at your current blog. It’s nice. As a former Kdg. teacher, it provides a good service for parents. I guess I’d just start your blog! That’s what I did. 😉 Good luck!

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