Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Circus Life during the Depression

So I finished Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen yesterday afternoon...and I LOVED IT!!!
This book was so powerful! I finished it in less then three days, which is pretty good for me; I just couldn't put it down a lot of the times, because the story is so captivating from the beginning until the end. 

I first heard about the story when I saw the trailer for the movie, adapted from the novel, which is coming out next month.  The movie has Robert Pattinson playing the lead character, Jacob.  And I find him to be so gorgeous!! :).  He wasn't the only reason though that the story interested me ;), Reese Witherspoon is in it too...haha just kidding, the actors aren't the only thing interesting to me, even though love Reese :)...but no, in all seriousness, the overall story really interested me. 

The story takes place during the depression, in a time when everyone was struggling (a lot like today's time, but I think still worse, because they didn't have the same technology and medicines, that we have today) to keep a preferable lifestyle.

The main character, Jacob's, parents die at the beginning of the novel.  He is about to take his final tests to become a Veterinarian, but decides not to take them, due to the grief from his parents death.  Well, as luck would have it, he jumps onto a train, that happens to be train for The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a lower class circus, struggling to keep up with the famous Ringling Brother's Circus. 

The show's owner, hires Jacob to be the animal's vet on the show.  And so Jacob has been able to get away from his old life, where he had nothing left, and become a part of the circus. 

The story overall is a love story though.  The love triangle between Jacob, Marlena, and her husband August, is really intense, and will have readers on their toes until the very end.

I really enjoyed reading this novel, even though it isn't my normal read.  I am looking forward to watch the movie, and find out if they did the novel justice...and of course, Robert Pattinson...just kidding ;).

I definitely recommend this book :).

What I am really curious about, is how The Twilight Saga fans are going to take it that Robert Pattinson is playing the role of Jacob, which also happens to be the name of his arch-nemesis, Jacob Black the werewolf in the Twilight Saga. 
I find it great that he is trying other things, and trying to get out of the shell that the Twilight movies has put around him.  I wish him luck, and hope he does well!

Hopefully, I will remember to write about what I thought of the movie, Water for Elephants, when it comes in theaters next month. I hope you all have a great week, and I will write again soon!
The Romance Bookie :)


  1. The movie looks pretty good :) I am looking forward to it. I have not read the book but maybe now I will.

  2. Let me know what you thought of it, if you read it :).