Today I'm happy to be taking part in Turn the Page ... Tuesday over at Some of a Kind.
I'm also happy to tell you about a book I really enjoyed, Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen. I wasn't sure I wanted to read a book about the circus. But my sister told me I would like it, and she liked the ending. Then I remembered that my great-grandfather--true story--had run away with the circus for a while as a young man. So, I decided to give it a go.
Water for Elephants takes place in 1930. A young man, having just suffered some tragic news, leaves university and jumps on a train. Turns out to be a circus train. The story is told as the protagonist sits in a nursing home recalling his own experiences as a big top is set up nearby. It is an intriguing story of love, loss, kindness, and cruelty. I very much enjoyed the main character as both a young and old man.
This is the kind of novel that, had I nothing else to do, I would probably have read through in one day. And I was thinking, after I finished reading, that it could make a good movie. I guess I'm not the only one--here's the link.