Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Water for Elephants; A Book Review





I love the circus, who doesn’t? Though I have only been into one circus and I wont forget being in awe with all the acts, the clowns and especially the animals. When I have read reviews about this book “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen they were filled with praises. I did not doubt it because I know circuses are always magical and mystical and to have a novel with a circus plot seems very interesting.


Sadly the book for me became a boring circus. I don’t want to be too critical, because I know I have never been when it comes to giving book reviews. I really expected the book not only to be fascinating but I also expected to be gripping. Sadly the book is like one of the lions in the story, fierce but no teeth. One of the comments of readers pointed out that they could not put the book down and I know why after reading the whole book…..the conflict of the story is defined only when you reach half of the book like the elephant as well. So all I did was wait for the conflict to rise and since I was already half way through I decided to finish it anyway. I always expect good reads to define the conflict of the story at the first few chapters but not this book. Also the end was so mediocre I could have guessed the end of the story myself.


I will give it two and half stars. Pretty disappointing but this is my opinion it still boils down to you if you want to give it a try.
M.