6/13/10

Water for Elephants | Summer Reading Recommendation


Looking for a good book to stick your nose in this summer? I just want to take a moment and highly recommend Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I read this book a few years ago and absolutely fell in love with it.

Water for Elephants is the Depression-era story of a young man named Jacob. He is just about to finish Vet school when his parents' lives are suddenly taken in an accident. Jacob runs out of his last final exam, hops on a train, and joins the Benzini Brothers circus. He meets a whole slue of entertaining characters... some who quickly become friends, some who never befriend him, and one who he falls in love with. The book is narrated by Jacob: partially from an elderly Jacob who resides in an assisted living facility, and partially from young Jacob as he experiences circus life and forbidden romance along the train trails.

This book was hard to put down and a very fast read. I read it in a week. Also, it's one of those novels that you can't wait to get to the end... but when you do, you wish it wasn't over. I just wanted the story to go on and on. (I won't reveal spoilers, but I will say that the end of the novel is sooooo satisfying!)

I also want to suggest this book because it is currently being made into a movie! Rumors circulated a couple years ago, but nothing concrete emerged until this year. The cast is official now and filming began last month. Robert Pattinson is to play Jacob, the college drop-out turned circus animal caretaker. (I'm on Team Jacob, I suppose. But I'm excited for Pattinson to play this role. I think that given a little sunlight, a haircut, and some Depression-era suspenders, he'll play a very handsome Jacob.) The beautiful and talented Reese Witherspoon shall play Marlena, the lovely but married circus performer that Jacob falls in love with.

So anyway. Pick up a copy of Water for Elephants and get it read by next June so that you can get super excited for the movie with me!

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