Water for Elephants absorbs the reader into the glamorous, colorful but uncertain world of a traveling circus during the
Great Depression, complete with human freak show, exotic animal acts and the like.
The story is told by Jacob Jankowski who, from the confines of his nursing home,
drifts in and out of his memories as he recollects the extraordinary events of
his early months with the circus.
Independent booksellers were all abuzz over Water for Elephants when it came out in hardcover last year, and in early 2007 voted it the No.1 Book Sense title of 2006. BookBrowse's readers also came down firmly in favor of Water for Elephants, voting it the No.1 Most Popular book in our Annual Awards - the first time that a 1st novel has won the award.
One reviewer, who didn't appreciate Water for Elephants, wrote the story off as melodramatic - to which one has to respond, ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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