Note to Mr. Hatten; I mistakenly split the book up into six parts instead of seven. For this blog, I’ll summarize the book, like you said. Thanks for understanding p.s; this blog was finished Tuesday night, but it probably says Wednesday because I posted it right after midnight. Sorry about that.To me, a good novel is more than just a decent story printed on page. It is gripping, suspenseful, and something that should take the reader deep into his or her imagination, all while being plausible enough for the reader to feel as if the story could be taking place right in front of them. I felt like Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen was this kind of novel, and probably more. The book was extremely hard to put down the whole way through. The story, which somewhat bored me until I began reading the book, was about a college student who at Cornell. He is almost done with his veterinarian degree when his parents die in a car crash. Stricken with grief and left without a home, Jacob runs away and jumps on a quite random train. To Jacob’s Surprise, he landed on the train hauling The Benzini Bros Most Spectacular Show on Earth circus. He is able to find minimal to nothing jobs for a couple days until Uncle Al, the owner of the circus, finds out that he was becoming a veterinarian at Cornell. He soon becomes the official vet of the circus. Jacob’s two best friends on the show are Walter, a dog-training midget, and camel, an elderly worker. The main conflict of the book is obviously that Jacob falls in love with a woman he can’t have, and worse, she loves him back. Marlena, a talented and beautiful horse performer, is married to August, A fight-happy man who is in charge of all the animals on the show and, unfortunately, Jacob’s boss. August’s temper soon flares as he begins to catch on to this secret love connection between Jacob and Marlena and ignites when he learns that his speculation isn’t speculation at all. The only way for this good plot to become magnificent would be a strong dialogue, and Water for Elephants does not disappoint. Told back and forth through the eyes of Jacob from the 1930’s and Jacob now, the dialogue keeps the reader on edge and unable to put down their book. Throughout the entire book, it keeps a Davinchi Code-like style, in which you have to know what’s going to happen next. I would recommend this book to anyone, for it’s able to grab the imagination and not let go until the final words are read.
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