Water for Elephants: a Novel (Paperback)
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DescriptionWhen Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits - the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth - a second-rate travelling circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. Jacob, a veterinary student who almost earned his degree, 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. 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.
- Published: 14 April 2011
- Format: Paperback 448 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781444716009 ISBN 10: 144471600X
- Sales rank: 1,251
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Reviews for Water for Elephants
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Good book with a very predictable ending. by Luda
A dark, circus tale....
Read the book - don't watch the movie!! After seeing the film previews I was quite hesitant to open this book but right from the beginning it drew me in and I couldn't put it down. Thoroughly enjoyed learning about the history of American train circuses. Quite dark, interesting characters/relationships, beautifully written. Well worth a read and has been enjoyed by friends who I passed it on to. by Kate Hehirunder review
- Top review
This book was suggested to me as a great read. I found it a slow starter and felt myself plodding through the chapters. But suddenly it came alive, I could visualise the characters, smell the anticipation as the story unfolded until I couldn't put it down. This is not a run of the mill book, it draws you in slowly and wraps itself around your imagination until you can think of nothing else. And now I recommend it as a good read! by Shirley Johnsonunder review
An old fashioned romance
I really loved this book,my favourite read in ages.Its not your typical chick-lit fluff you could breeze through in two sittings.There are real highs and lows.The settings,scenes and situations are so well described in such beautiful,rich language you feel you are there.You can see the vivid colours,you can smell the popcorn,you can hear the din of elephants,thundering hooves and the train on the tracks.The characters are so well drawn I could imagine what they looked like,I cared about them,I was worried,or scared or happy for them,they are real and believable.It's a romantic,beautiful,enthralling,mysterious vintage romance. by Maura McIntyreunder review