Water for Elephants a book review

43641I downloaded this audio book because I heard so many people saying what a great book it was.  Err., excuse me?  I found this book to be mediocre to say the least. It jumps from a 90 year old man telling his story to the past, his story being told.

It all takes place during the depression.  A young man, Jacob Jankowski is almost finished with veterinarian school.  He is following in his father’s footsteps when both his parents are killed in a car accident.  Jacob goes off the deep end during his exams and walks out.  And walks and walks and walks.  He ends up jumping a train which ends up being the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.  Because the circus want its own veterinarian they take Jacob on.

The story got somewhat vulgar.  You know the “circus types” and the era the language was pretty bad.  Then there was the fact that Jacob falls in love with a married woman.  Her husband may be “loco” but he is still married to this woman.  But fate must feel it owes Jacob for the terrible loss of his parents.  The husband is killed during stampede by an elephant that he abuses.  Now Marlana is free to be with Jacob.

So, back to the nursing home.  The circus is in town and Jacob’s family is supposed to come and take him out for the day.  Trouble is, they forgot.  Jacob sneaks out on his own and ends up getting into the circus by the good graces of the owner.  When he finds out that Jacob worked for Benzini he is intrigued and wants to hear about the worst stampede in history.  The story ends with Jacob staying with the owner of the circus…

Not a great ending and the story line was dull and dragged on.  I think my senses were insulted by the horrible language and sexual content.

I would give this two stars out of five…


2 thoughts on “Water for Elephants a book review

  1. I have not read the book or seen the movie. I had heard that it had sexual content in it. Sorry the book wasn’t good..


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