Sunday, February 13, 2011

One Down, Eleven to Go

Water for Elephants is the first book I've read for The 2011 TBR Pile Challenge. See the rest of the books I'm planning to read here.

Sara Gruen succeeded in drawing me into the world of Depression-era circus life. I could sense the movement of the train that carried this menagerie of characters from town to town. I could smell and hear of the circus lot. I could also feel the desperation of many of the characters living this unorthodox lifestyle. The only downfall I can site in this magical tale is the naivety of our young narrator, which made Water for Elephants a bit more saccharin than I usually prefer. But even so, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves good storytelling. 4****