book review :: water for elephants

I haven't been reading as much as I was there for a while. Sometimes that just happens. But I was able to finish Water for Elephants, and glad I did. It truly does deserve to be on the short list of the best books in 2006. It is one of the few books where I can say I really liked the ending.

The author was inspired by a book of photographs by a man who toured around the US in the 20's and 30's capturing circuses and the like on film. After reading it she went off and did a lot of research about life in the circus. And although the book is a work of fiction, she did use some of the more seemingly tall tales in her book.

The story is told by a 90-something former circus vet. The chapters switch between current day where he resides in a nursing home and his adventures in the circus. There are love triangles, good verses evil, dumb luck, and random coincidence along the way – everything you need to spin a good tale. And that's really what this book is.

I think it would make a great book club book. I so miss my book club.

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