Water for Elephants

I don't know when I last read a book that I'd rate as an "A+." Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is such a book. It alternates in time between present day, a 93-year-old man in a nursing home reminiscing, and the past, the time that he spent -- unexpectedly -- working for a circus. The book is very well crafted; I really didn't anticipate the ending at all. The characters are credible and the circus lore is fascinating. The best part of all: I never expected to fall in love with an elephant. There's a waiting list for this title at my local library. For very good reason.


floribunda said…
thanks for the recommendation, Nancy! I've seen this title, but didn't know anything about it. My library has 35 holds for the book, but only 1 for the audio discs -- so I signed up for it. I love listening to books in the car and while sewing.
Mrs. Goodneedle said…
Nancy, I find myself returning to your blog; I'm glad you found me first... otherwise I may have missed out on your insights and recommendations. I am certainly taking this one (Water for Elephants) under advisement. Thanks! I feel like we have a lot in common and I look forward to coming back here often.
Anonymous said…
One of my nursing colleagues highly recommended this book, too. And now an A+ from one of my favorite people. It's going to the top of my next to read list.

Kathy B