Monday, March 17, 2008

Book Review

I finished this book last night and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. It is a quick read and I found myself completely immersed in the story. I love the narrative voice as a 93 year old man and I found all of the history of the traveling circus and the realities of the depression-era setting really interesting. I was surprised by the ending and though it did wrap up very quickly, I still found it to be a fun read. As far as rating, be warned there are some sexual references and violence.
Here is another review:
With its spotlight on elephants, Gruen's romantic page-turner hinges on the human-animal bonds that drove her debut and its sequel (Riding Lessons and Flying Changes)—but without the mass appeal that horses hold. The novel, told in flashback by nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski, recounts the wild and wonderful period he spent with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a traveling circus he joined during the Great Depression. When 23-year-old Jankowski learns that his parents have been killed in a car crash, leaving him penniless, he drops out of Cornell veterinary school and parlays his expertise with animals into a job with the circus, where he cares for a menagerie of exotic creatures[...] He also falls in love with Marlena, one of the show's star performers—a romance complicated by Marlena's husband, the unbalanced, sadistic circus boss who beats both his wife and the animals Jankowski cares for. Despite her often clich├ęd prose and the predictability of the story's ending, Gruen skillfully humanizes the midgets, drunks, rubes and freaks who populate her book. (May 26)
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1 comment:

  1. i love your book reviews and both these books are ones that i have noticed recently, so glad to know you like them.