Summary: 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. (via Goodreads)
Review: I had heard wonderful things about this book, but was still a little skeptical about it. As soon as I got past the first few pages, I was hooked. This book pulled me in. I love the way Jacob narrated the story. I thought the way the book went from the present day to past was written very well. It was not distracting from the story. I enjoyed following Jacob's character and the relationship he developed with Marlena and Rosie. I thought this book also showed an interesting look into the circus world in the depression. I could not put this book down, I was desperate to find out what happened on the next page. This is one of best books I've read lately. There was a little more foul language than I care for, but the story was still amazing. I highly recommend it. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Have you read this book or seen the movie? What did you think?