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What should I read after reading "Water for Elephants"?

Asked by Finley (833 points ) June 12th, 2010

Just finished the book and I am OBSESSED with it. It might as well be twilight to me. I need another book that is just as amazing to get my mind off of it. I really enjoyed the time period and the details of the circus and daily life, etc. If you’ve read the book and know anything that is at all similar, please suggest!

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oreo45's avatar

It has nothing to do with food..but a good read…Many splended sons

janbb's avatar

@jaytkay I’ll read what you’re reading!

And may I add Time and Again by Jack Finney.

Kayak8's avatar

I agree with The Life of Pi and also The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Jeruba's avatar

Here’s a good list of flutherfolk’s choices to refer to. Scroll down and you’ll find a cumulative list of titles.

@jaytkay‘s suggestions (above) are excellent. Michael Chabon is a very fine and inventive writer with a superb command of the language. I second The Whistling Season, especially for its narrative voice.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it book. Even if you’re not a dog lover (cat person here), the intimate look at the training of the dogs is fascinating. You may want to refamiliarize yourself with Shakespeare’s Hamlet if it’s not already at the top of your mind when you start this one; the author’s working out of parallels is nothing short of brilliant in several key respects (and a little curious in others). In terms of parallels, however, I found the ending disappointing—disappointing as in I cursed aloud and wanted to throw the book across the room, a gesture that would have been satisfying in principle but would have done some heavy damage to the environment.

Others, of course, loved it.

The author definitely had some good days and some bad days, and my sense of it is that he didn’t use the good days to go back and clean up the rough spots.

I also second @gailcalled‘s recommendation of Jhumpa Lahiri.

nomtastic's avatar

Devil in the White City (Anderson?)

janbb's avatar

@Jeruba I loved Sawtelle until the ending, there I was very disappointed how literally he took the parallels. (And one other part was very sad and disappointing, too.)

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fundevogel's avatar

Maybe Sharp Teeth? It’s a pretty quick read.

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