I hated having to put it down so much that I'm re-reading it!
Here's a review from Amazon:
“The circus, the Great Depression, a complex elephant, equally complex love, the mists and twists of memory articulated in the utterly winning voice of a very old man who’s seen it all: these are the irresistible elements of Water for Elephants. Sara Gruen has written an utterly transporting novel richly full of the stuff of life.”
¬¬– Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain.