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~