Water for Elephants A Novel (Hardcover)
|Author: Sara Gruen|
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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.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen - Book Review
By: Sarah C Thomas Blogcritics.org 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 twist....read the full review|
Customer Reviews of Water for Elephants
The reason to read books - period.10/13/2006
I loved this book. I loved the subject, the characters, the time period, and even the ending. She would make my journalism professor proud - "No wasted words."
What a story!8/31/2006
I got this book as an Audible.com "book on tape" and the book/story itself is wonderful. I keep listening after arriving where I'm driving it is so good. And the audible version adds different voices, well acted, for Jacob at 90 vs Jacob at 23. Well worth your time.
This book is a treat!8/7/2006
Every once in awhile I find that a book has me so involved with the characters that I'm unhappy when the book ends. That was the case for me with "Water for Elephants". A story that could have been depressing was handled in a way so as to be a wonderful story of caring, survival, strength and resilience. I was preparing myself to be upset with the ending, and instead found it to be exciting and triumphant. Thank you, Sara Gruen!
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