I started reading this book with very low expectations,(But I wanted to read the book before I watched the Movie) so when I finished this book I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. I loved all the pictures in the Book, and the way that August was handled, cause really, I never expected it. Fun Fact: This book was challenged, then removed from a high school in New Hampshire's library after a parent complained.
Here's the Blurb:
Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski's ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell.
Jacob was there because his luck had run out - orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive 'ship of fools'. It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, a handsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn't have an act - in fact, she couldn't even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.
I give this Book Four Stars.
“With a secret like that, at some point the secret itself becomes irrelevant. The fact that you kept it does not.”