Water for Elephants
Well, I’m late to the party but glad I showed up.
Water for Elephants, authored by Sara Gruen, has been in bookstores for a few years. It topped bestseller lists but I never picked it up until last week. It is exceedingly well-written, engrossing, funny, sad, horrifying, sensual, and the most satisfying read I have experienced in a very long while. It hits theaters next year starring Reese Witherspoon, Christopher Waltz and Robert Pattinson.
I’m usually disappointed by the movie version of any book; the only exception to this was Stephen King’s Shawshank Redemption which rocked in print and on the big screen. I hope my new fave, Water for Elephants, makes as wonderful a transition from book to film.
Since discovering this gem it seems that everyone I’ve mentioned it to has already read it, leading me to believe I’ve been living under a rock for the last few years. It somehow slipped past me, but I’m thrilled I found it. Even had I not been hooked by the story—and I was hooked from page one, make no mistake—I would read for the exceptional writing alone. Ms. Gruen, originally a technical writer, creates a world the reader can see, taste and feel; no word is wasted, no scene unnecessary.
The writer in me is scrambling to get my hands on Ms. Gruen’s other novels, to absorb more of her quality and technique, to learn from her pacing and presentation. The reader in me wants to hop on the train with her again, to be carried away to wherever she leads. It will be an engrossing ride; I’m sure of it.
If you have read Water for Elephants I’d like your opinion, even if it differs from mine. If you have not read it, you’re missing out on fantastic writing and a wonderful story with multi-faceted characters, not all of them human. The story will draw you into the world of a depression era circus, and the characters will abide in the corners of your mind long after you turn the last page.
Sara Gruen and a link to her website has been added to my list of favorite authors. Check out my sidebar list for other Authors Who Rock My Socks!
Happy reading –