Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

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Published by Thorndike Press .

Written in English

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  • Romance - Historical,
  • Fiction,
  • Fiction - General,
  • Romance: Historical,
  • Literary,
  • Depressions,
  • 1929,
  • Circus,
  • Circus performers

Book details

The Physical Object
Number of Pages563
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL8137452M
ISBN 100786290277
ISBN 109780786290277

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Sara Gruen is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of At the Water’s Edge,Water for Elephants, Ape House, Riding Lessons, and Flying Changes. Her works have been translated into forty-three languages and have sold more than ten million copies by: 4.

Water for Elephants is the story of Jacob's life with this circus. Sara Gruen spares no detail in chronicling the squalid, filthy, brutish circumstances in which he finds himself.

Sara Gruen spares no detail in chronicling the squalid, filthy, brutish circumstances in which he finds himself/5(K). Water for Elephants, Gruen's third novel, is a "cozy read" that has produced a "copious amount of buzz" (Cleveland Plain Dealer).

No stranger to marrying the fates of her characters to animals, Gruen previously published the novels Riding Lessons () and Flying Changes (), both of which focus on horses and horsemanship/5(K). Water for Elephants is an enchanting page-turner, the kind of book that creates a world that engulfs you from the first page to the last.

A national bestseller in Canada and a New York Times bestseller in the United States, this is a book destined to become a beloved fiction classic/5(). Water for Elephants In one plot, Jacob is a young guy just starting out in the world; in the other, he's an old guy stuck at a nursing home.

Every few chapters, the narrative switches from one Jacob to the other. The title, Water for Elephants, is almost a little inside joke with the reader once we've finished the book, thatthe book's narrator and protagonist, worked as a vet and trainer of sorts at a circus.

If anyone knows about elephant training, it's him. Gruen has proven to be an amazing for Elephants is told in the first person but from two different perspectives--Jacob Jankowski at 23 years of age and again, at 93 years old. Hi, This morning when I was on my way to work, my daughter, who is in 6th grade and will be 12 in July, asked me if she could read Like Water for Elephants.

So Water for Elephants book more than a tale about a circus, Water for Elephants is a compelling journey not only under the big top, but into the protagonist's heart. Sara Gruen uses her talent as a writer to bring that world alive for the reader: I could smell it, taste it, feel every word of.

Jacob is working overtime as the narrator of Water for Elephants. Younger Jacob and older Jacob Marlena.

Marlena is gutsy and beautiful: what a combination. She seems pretty modern for a woman of the Rosie the Elephant [Spoiler alert. Don't say we didn't warn you.]Rosie is good-natured and lovable. She's loyal, August. August is a. Water for Elephants resembles stealth hits like The Giant’s House, by Elizabeth McCracken, or The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, books that combine outrageously whimsical File Size: 2MB.

'Water For Elephants' is a coming of age book. Jacob sees his comfortable & conventional existence shattered following an accident, and embarks on a journey that takes him /5(K). Water For Elephants Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, First Edition. You Searched For: Book has very mild bumping to head and foot of spine, one very small ding to top edge of front board, one dog eared page and a a fairly noticeable lean else clean, unmarked and fairly tight.

Jacket has light to normal shelf wear/ scuffing and a small. Directed by Francis Lawrence. With Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider. Set in the s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a travelling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster's wife/10(K).

Water for Elephants: A Novel by Gruen, Sara and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at This time it’s Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. It’s the story of Jacob, who runs away to the circus during the Depression when his life falls apart around him.

There, he works as the show’s vet, and falls ever more in love with Marlena, the star of the circus and beautiful wife. Free download or read online Water for Elephants pdf (ePUB) book. The first edition of the novel was published in May 26thand was written by Sara Gruen.

The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of pages and is available in Paperback format. The main characters of this fiction, historical story are Jacob Jankowski, Rosemary/5. This may be a totally amateur answer, but I totally thought the book was titled "Water for Elephants" because of the old man in the book that Jacob despised.

His lie (telling the old ladies that he used to carry water for the elephants) is what triggers Jacob's memory about working with the circus. "At its finest, Water for Elephants resembles stealth hits like 'The Giant's House,' by Elizabeth McCracken, or 'The Lovely Bones,' by Alice Sebold, books that combine outrageously whimsical premises with crowd-pleasing romanticism Black-and-white photographs of real American circus scenes from the first half of the century are interspersed throughout the novel, and they /5(K).

Water for Elephants Introduction. A circus elephant, a love story, and a Prohibition-era thriller. Now this is the stuff of for Elephants, published inis Sara Gruen's third book and her most successful to date. Ittells the story of Jacob, a young man who joins the circus and ends up falling in love with both a woman and an elephant (in different ways, thank goodness).

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Overall, Water for Elephants was a book that grabbed me from the beginning. Although I wanted more emotion between Marlena and Jacob, it's a romantic story, full of action, love for animals and a magnificent more.

by Maria Guajardo (GABY) Oh how I loved this book. The story is told by its main character, Jacob who is now confined to /5(M). Water for Elephants is a delightful, moving book, and the ending was a very pleasant surprise. Also, if you want a special treat, listen to it on audiobook.

The two readers, David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones, did a wonderful job of bringing both Jacobs (young and old) to by: 4. Love is a driving force in Water for Elephants, and it's not limited to the love one human feels for also love animals, and animals love them back. It shouldn't be a surprise that in the prologue we can't tell whether Jacob is talking about Marlena or Rosie when he uses the word "she" – he loves them both and thinks of them both as individuals.

" Water for Elephants resembles stealth hits like The Giant's House, by Elizabeth McCracken, or The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, books that combine outrageously whimsical premises with crowd-pleasing romanticism With a showman's expert timing, [Gruen] saves a terrific revelation for the final pages, transforming a glimpse of Americana into an enchanting escapist fairy tale.”.

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It has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Get this from a library. Water for elephants: a novel. [Sara Gruen] -- A novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and.

Trust us, Water for Elephants is going to be one of the surprise hits of Sara Gruen's very readable novel is a story of impossible love set in the circus world during the s and is set to be made into a blockbuster film starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon/5(K).

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The alternating glamour and squalor of the circus world Gruen expertly conjures may truly be one of the greatest shows." --The Grand Rapids Press "You need this elephant in your life Water for Elephants is a keeper.". Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is a must read a story about a year-old man remembering his days with a circus during The Great these book club discussion questions on Water for Elephants to lead your book club's conversation on the story.

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Bestsellers Author: Sara Gruen. Water for Elephants was a book that I couldn't put down. This story opens up the history of the travelling circus from the prospective of a young man struck by tragedy and looking for a new life.

I really loved the perspective of the character, Jacob Jankowski, as an old man looking back at /5(19).Water for Elephants contains several very brutal acts of violence.

The story of an idealistic but emotionally-closed vet who joins a circus is far more realistic than many similar tales. The story.

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