An atmospheric tale of life and love in a Depression-era traveling circus.
Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. There he meets the freaks, grifters, and misfits that populate this world. Jacob introduces us to Marlena, beautiful star of the equestrian act; to August, her charismatic but twisted husband (and the circus' animal trainer); and to Rosie, a seemingly untrainable elephant.
Beautifully written, with a luminous sense of time and place, Water for Elephants tells of love in a world in which love's a luxury few can afford.
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Great illustration of the Depression era and circus life!
As a huge fan of the television show "Carnivale", I was drawn to this novel because of the similar subject matter. I found the vivid imagery of the era highly engaging and the highly exciting but horribly depressing life that circus folk had to lead intriguing. The two actors' voices and use of piano music interlude also raises this production above that of the regular audiobook. A very satisfying read.
The readers take you to the circus with their magical voices and interpretation of the book. A must buy.
Thoroughly engaged with this on a recent road trip-much better than the movie. Skilled narrator.