3.30.2012

Book Club Friday #9

Happy Friday friends! Today, I'm linking up my latest book with my hoecake, Heather. She just had her baby girl last weekend, so go show her and Skeeter some lovin'!






Today, I'm sharing Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen


I know I know, I'm a little late to the game. Everyone in the world has already read this and/or seen the movie. In all fairness, I did buy the book last year before the movie came out. That counts, right?




Book description from Amazon:


Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski's ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell.


Jacob was there because his luck had run out—orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive "ship of fools." It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, a handsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn't have an act—in fact, she couldn't even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.


My thoughts?


I was NOT a fan of this book. I think it was too hyped up, and I was seriously let down. I started reading it last year, and it was too slow for me, so I put it down about halfway through. Eventually, I decided since I bought the book I wanted to finish it, so I did. I will say the second half of the book was much more interesting than the first half. So, overall I will give it 2 stars outta 5.


Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it, or find it slow like I did?

18 comments:

Michelle said...

I tried reading it because of the hype but I only read 100 pages. I couldn't do it! I haven't seen the movie either!

Micah said...

I didn't read it, but I watched the movie. I don't think I want to read the book anymore. The horrendous treatment of the animals was hard enough in the movie. I don't need to read about it too (my imagination is far better than most movies). Plus Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon seemed like an odd couple to me.

Sara Pierce said...

I'm sorry you weren't a fan. I understand about the hype though. This is one of my favorite books and has been since LONG before the movie came out. I think it has something to do with the fact that my husband comes from a family that has been involved in the circus for years so it was a fun read in that regard.

Victoria said...

i saw the movie before i read the book and i will admit that i loved the movie way more :)

her other books (riding lesson and it's sequel) and much better actually.

Lauren said...

I really loved this book, maybe it's because I saw the movie first? :-)

Lindsey @ Running Down A Dream said...

I loved the book - loved! But wasn't the biggest fan of the movie.

Wiz said...

This book is currently sitting on my nightstand waiting to be read. Sorry you didnt like it :( Seems like its hit or miss.

Emily said...

I thought I was the only one who didn't like it! My aunt and grandmother read it and loved it. I was very let down! Glad to know I'm not alone. I haven't seen the movie either!

Nicole said...

Yeaaaaahhhhhh...remember that pile of books I was talking about yesterday that I didn't have time for? This one is in there too. I've heard amazing things about it, but yours is the first bad review I've heard. HOWEVER, I appreciate that you said it was slow and hard to get into. I have stopped reading books altogether or stopped watching movies because they are too slow. I'm still willing to give it a try, but won't get so hyped up for it! Thanks for the heads up!

lil desiqua said...

I have the book too, but haven't read it yet. I saw the movie and kind of liked it, but I think only because Reese Witherspoon was in it.

I will try to read it (eventually) but will definitely keep this review in mind! Thanks for sharing!

tara said...

i quit halfway through the book and fell asleep during the movie! oops!

Shoshanah said...

I really enjoyed reading it. Although back when I read it, it wasn't nearly as big yet and the movie wasn't out yet. So maybe since it was hyped as much there wasn't as much potential to be let down.

R said...

This is on my to-read list. I'm sorry you didn't like it.

PS: You've been tagged....
http://romancingrachel.blogspot.com/2012/03/11.html

Heather said...

I read this book last year during all the hype and I HATED IT. Seriously I was so let down and to this day have no clue what the big deal was about!

Heather said...

I just couldn't get interested in this one! Hoecake <3.

Blonde Meets World said...

I havent read this, and to be honest, probably won't after reading your (and others') reviews.


READ.THE.HUNGER.GAMES! haha

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I still haven't read this and I haven't watched the movie yet because of it. I need to get on this!

Sarah E. said...

I think the beginning (first half) was so confusing. I know a lot of people raved about the book. I did like the second half and gave the movie a try - going in expecting it to be better than the book. I think that it was. Not many movies are better than the book. I think I gave it 3 stars because I did like the actual story. It just wasn't translated out into words very well.

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