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Winner of the 2007 BookBrowse Award for Most Popular BookAn atmospheric gritty and compelling novel of star crossed lovers set in the circus world circa 1932 by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons When Jacob Jankowski recently orphaned and suddenly adrift jumps onto a passing train he enters a world of freaks drifters and misfits a second rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression making one night stands in town after endless town A veterinary student who almost earned his degree Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie It is there that he meets Marlena the beautiful young star of the equestrian act who is married to August the charismatic but twisted animal trainer He also meets Rosie an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her Beautifully written Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford

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    I think I expected too much out of this novel and therefore had room only for disappointment Though I finished the book in its entirety I wrote a short review on my blog about halfway through expounding on the aspects of the book that irritated me I have adapted it hereinFirst the main heroine Marlena is incredibly flat boring The narratormain character Jacob is clearly infatuated with her but I'm not sure why other than she looks good in pink sequins She's married to her arrogant bipolar boss so maybe there's some sort of damsel in distress complex triggered in our hero Regardless I don't care about her She doesn't engage me or hold any allure The novel really ends up being of a romance tale and to be honest I think it would be just as interesting so? without MarlenaThere were several instances of explicit sexual encounters fairly close together in the heart of the novel that annoyed me I don't inherently react against books with sex but I do object to explicit gratuitous sex It felt for shock value than actually relevant to the plot or characterization The instances of it are over the top and some even slightly grotesque to the point of distraction The crudeness calmed down after a bit but it distracted me through the center of the novelFurther I'm not even sure the narrator is believablerealistic It takes him too long to figure things out he likes to describe a scene in excruciating detail before he realizes what's going on If I had been standing next to him by the time he realizes what's going on I would have smacked him over the head and left Too often he encounters situations in a total stupor OK so people don't always react instantaneously But when you describe it in exhaustive detail it doesn't make me think something is happening quickly Speaking of descriptions every strong smell is described as overwhelming Really is that the best adjective you've got? Additionally I can't quite reconcile the young Jacob to the 9093 year old Jacob A lot can change in 70 years but I can't see the sensitive humble Jacob I meet in large stretches of the novel with the bitter crotchety old Jacob I meet in shorter excerpts Maybe some explanation of what caused the change would have helped The story has so much potential in its unique setting DepressionProhibition era traveling circus This alone kept me reading because I was curious at least to see where the narration was going Will it end with Jacob's death or something else? How long does he stay on the circus etc? So I guess kudos to the author for that at least the uniqueness of the setting atmosphere keeps me intriguedMaybe I expected too much Still I give the book credit despite my disappointment I was curious to the end