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Water for Elephants A Novel (Hardcover)

Author:  Sara Gruen
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1565124995
ISBN-13: 9781565124998
Sku: 31303681
Publish Date: 5/26/2006
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.75L x 1.25T
Pages:  335
Age Range:  NA
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An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford.
Jacob Jankowski, 90 years old and living in a nursing home, tells how, orphaned and penniless during the Great Depression, he became an animal trainer in a circus. In his days with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, he falls in love with the beautiful performer Marlena--and also with the delightful Rosie the elephant.
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Expert Review Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen - Book Review
By: Sarah C Thomas Reviews
Published on: 9/13/2010 6:13 PM
The book captures the magic and the tragedy of a young boy grown into an old man trying to find out who he is. Using point of view from two of the loneliest times in a man’s life, Gruen creates a heartfelt portrait of Jacob Jankowski and how he came to be. This book is great for all ages, capturing the truth and tragedy from the life of a man. There are definite roadblocks for Jacob and the circus along the way, but Gruen saves the best for last and ends Water for Elephants with a beautiful the full review


"Gruen skillfully humanizes the midgets, drunks, rubes and freaks who populate her book." 5/26/2006

"For pure story, this colorful, headlong tale of Depression-era circus simply can't be beat. Heroes, villains, romance, a wild-animal stampede! Big fun from page 1." - Stephen King 12/28/2007

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0335
Product attributePublisher:   Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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