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Monday, June 18, 2007

Off the Shelf 0607-28

Water for Elephants
By Sara Gruen

© 2006

One might not think that a book set in the Great Depression, specifically in a circus environment, would be a best-seller - but, it was – in fact, it is still on the paperback top 10! Essentially, this is a love story with the usual twists and turns of relationships, but it is so well-written that you are drawn to each character’s idiosyncrasies. In addition, the circus animals, especially Rosie the elephant, manage to play a integral role in the plot and outcome of the story.

What I found most compelling was the author’s approach to the story. Jacob, as the focal character, reveals his life in alternating chapters as both the older man’s 80+ year old reflections and the younger man’s present situation. She captures your interest with event after event, so the action is truly engaging. It was a delightful read!

My recommendation: 4 out of 5 stars
Submitted by M. Coleman, Media Specialist

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