Monday, September 19, 2011
Water for Elephants follows Jacob Jankowski, now in his nineties, remembering his time as a vet with a struggling circus during the Great Depression. Gruen’s extensive research shows in her ability to capture the circus atmosphere and lifestyle of that time period.
Readers had an overall positive response to the novel, which most agreed was an interesting piece of historical fiction. While Gruen’s details and descriptions of the circus aspect of the story are admirable, the group all noted how wonderfully she handled an elderly character. Many agreed that such a realistic and positive depiction of an older character is unfortunately very rare in contemporary literature.
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