Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Water for Elephants

I have a long list of books that I would like to read and movies that I want to see;
when I can remember the titles. 
Water for Elephants
was on that list.   
Told in flashback by 90 year old Jacob Jankowski
(or is he 93?), the novel recounts his wild time with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a traveling circus he joined during the Great Depression.
Unique and odd, I loved this story.

The author, Sara Gruen writes with the timing of an expert showman, saving a terrific revelation for the end, transforming a glimpse of dark Americana into a fairy tale.

Now of course, I can't wait to see the movie, although I am not convinced about the chemistry between Reese and our young vampire, Mr. Pattinson.  We'll see. 


2 Chicks On Weight Watchers said...

My friend read the book and said it was great! I am not much of a reader it really has to grab my attention or I get bored of it. She did say that she thinks the movie looks a little off compared to the book however. Let me know how it goes if you go to see it.

Midcenturymadam said...

We found the book on tape in a free box at a book sale and absolutely loved it. We listened to it on the way to work everyday for weeks. I am looking forward to seeing the movie. I hope it does the book justice.

Formerly known as Frau said...

I loved the book and saw the movie a week ago and loved it. They are perfect together you will be surprised!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

I loved the book too, and can't wait to see the movie as well. Let us know how it is!

Susan said...

I've heard good things about the movie. I haven't read the book.

Katherines Corner said...

I look forward to the film. I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. Hugs!