On the Shelf: Water for Elephants & The Zookeeper’s Wife

It’s been awhile since I posted about my reading list. While we were in Honduras, I read Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. Water For Elephants is about a traveling circus during the Great Depression. The protagonist is a vet who hops on a train unaware that it is a circus train and finds himself in the middle of a corrupt business run by the unethical Uncle Al. He has a huge heart for animals and wants to take care of them despite all odds. They are making this into a movie but they took out some of the most colorful characters. I fear the movie will not live up to the book. As in Water for Elephants, the protagonist of The Zookeeper’s Wife also has a deep connection with animals. The Zookeeper’s Wife is about a Polish zookeeper and his wife and their efforts to hide Polish Jews inside the zoo. Based on a true story, the book did not have the same driving plot that Water for Elephants. But, the heroism and hospitality of Antonina and Jan made the book a great read as well. I highly recommend both.

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2 thoughts on “On the Shelf: Water for Elephants & The Zookeeper’s Wife

  1. I loved Water for Elephants too! I feel the same about the movie, I’m hoping it can do it justice though. You should read The Help by Kathryn Stockett, it’s another great read.

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