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    DescriptionThough 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.Jacob was there because his luck had run out orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive "ship of fools." It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, a handsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn't have an act in fact, she couldn't even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.Surprising, poignant, and funny, "Water for Elephants" is that rare novel with a story so engrossing, one is reluctant to put it down; with characters so engaging, they continue to live long after the last page has been turned; with a world built of wonder, a world so real, one starts to breathe its air."


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    Title
    Water for Elephants
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sara Gruen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 350
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781616200701
    ISBN 10: 1616200707
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC21: 813.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC021000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 813/.6
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 69
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    B&T Approval Code: P26308000
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000, FIC019000
    LC classification: PS3607.R696 W38 2011B
    Thema V1.0: FB
    Edition
    Media tie-in
    Edition statement
    Media Tie In, Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    ALGONQUIN BOOKS OF CHAPEL HILL
    Imprint name
    ALGONQUIN BOOKS OF CHAPEL HILL
    Publication date
    01 March 2011