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June 10, 2011

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Susan B

I finally read this a few months ago and felt the same way about it. I thought the writing was mediocre at best and I saw the ending coming from very early in the book. I'm really surprised this book is so popular.

bermudaonion (Kathy)

I liked this book a lot when I read it. It's been a while, but I loved the way it was set up with Jacob reflecting back on his life and I loved the characters. I also liked getting a peek at life in a circus.

Susan

I read Water for Elephants soon after it came out several years ago and felt the same way you did - so many people I know liked it, but I just didn't get it and did not like the story or the characters.

Sarah

I really liked "Water for Elephants" when I read it a few months ago (I, too, was late to the party). Part of what I liked, I suppose, was how it differed from what I usually read (like you, Gayle, I read a lot of domestic fiction). I felt like it pushed me to imagine a life completely unknown to me -- working for a mediocre circus during the Depression. I actually felt like I learned a lot -- I thought the author did a very good job of researching circuses circa the 1930s! It was such a sad book in many respects, that I was pleasantly surprised by the ending (i.e. what becomes of the young Jacob).

Tiffany D.

I read this a month or two ago because I, too, wanted to read it before I saw the movie. I am glad to know that I am not the only person who didn't think it was the best thing ever like everyone else seems to think. It took forever for me to have any interest in it, I think finally around page 250 it picked up. I just couldn't get into it.

Mrjeffelder

I didn't read this, and have skipped the movie based on its bad reviews. But I can totally relate to the narrator's voice being a turn-off in the audio book. I bought "Atlas Shrugged" on audio books and the narrator sounded as melodramatic and campy as an old-time radio announcer.

Jennifer

I haven't read it yet although I did buy it for my iPad when it was on sale in the iBooks store. I have been looking forward to reading it because I read so many positive reviews of it in the past. I'll let you know what I think when I get around to reading it.

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