As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie.
It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.
After finishing the book I watched the movie. You know the typical results when a movie is made from a book, it's good but just not the same. Well, that rule of thumb does not apply here! This movie was a wonderful adaptation of the book. It was pretty dead on with the book, and made me feel just as strongly for the characters as I did while I was reading.
I strongly recommend everyone reading the book as well as watching the movie!! This gets 5 stars in my book on all levels!