Orphaned and penniless at the height of the Depression, Jacob Jankowski escapes everything he knows by jumping on a passing train—and inadvertently runs away with the circus. So begins Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen’s darkly beautiful tale about the characters who inhabit the less-than-greatest show on earth.
Jacob finds a place tending the circus animals, including a seemingly untrainable elephant named Rosie. He also comes to know Marlena, the star of the equestrian act—and wife of August, a charismatic but cruel animal trainer. Caught between his love for Marlena and his need to belong in the crazy family of travelling performers, Jacob is freed only by a murderous secret that will bring the big top down.
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen, was highly enjoyable! I started it, obviously because Robert Pattinson is playing the lead role of Jacob Jankowski, but as I got into it, it wasn’t hard to keep reading. It was quite a different book than I’m used to reading, simply because it centers around a circus. I totally recommend it, and am greatly anticipating the movie. (Not just because Robert Pattinson is starring in it.)