As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.
I`m a big believer in the fact that you MUST read the book version before you see the movie. I`d say about 98% of the time the book is the better version, but sometimes I am wrong. One movie coming out that I am excited about is Water For Elephants. I mean Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon in a Circus?! What could be better than that. So I downloaded the book on my Literati. This book surprised me. I loved how it started out as Jacob as an old man in a nursing home and him re-living his life. Yes it was a little reminiscent of The Notebook, but more fantastical. There were a few times in the story I thought the author could have elaborated on more. After all we were there to hear more about the circus. The daily life. All in all I would recommend you reading this before the movie. It`s something a little different and I`m always looking for projects that make me think. Now let`s check out the trailer for the movie!