July was another month of not reading much. I was still sore from the car accident, and so reading was not a priority. Water For Elephants was for a swap, so I had to have it read before July 29th.
It’s the Great Depression, and Jacob Jankowski’s having a rough time. His parents have just been killed in an automobile accident, and he’s unable to understand his final exams, that would let him become a veterinarian. He decides to jump onto a train, and discovers it’s a crew car for the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. He gets a job setting up the show, and from there becomes the show’s veterinarian.
Book’s okay, but not great. The setting is fantastic. I loved the circus, but I’m fourth generation showman, so I’m partial to circuses, shows, and midways. The entire setting is great: putting up the tents, the menagerie, the animals, everything. Even the way they did food, pay, and people getting redlighted (thrown off the train) was fascinating.