Just looked up my review of Water for Elephants and here is part of it
From the start of the book I found his running away after his parents death a bit extreme,this is a grown man,finishing a vets course after all,but I let that go.The first section at the circus was interesting because of being a whole new world to me,and I was thinking,Holden Caulfield(Catcher in the Rye) with circus animals.I never warmed to the protagonist Jacob,and not one of the characters made me like them.I didnt find the romance very convincing,there was too much repetition in getting on and off the train,and the boss and Marlena's husband were too over the top to be convincing.I'll give the book 3 stars for all the info I got on the Depression and circus history,but I read the book dutifully,and certainly wouldnt want to read more.
So I wasnt keen,but it divided opinion,many people loved it.
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