Water for Elephants: A Novel

by Sara Gruen | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9781565125605 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 11/11/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I got this in a birthday parcel from Breeze144.

From Chapters:
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, drifters, 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.

Journal Entry 2 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, July 28, 2009
When Jacob learns that his parents were killed in an automobile accident, he can no longer focus on finishing his final exams at Cornell to become a vet. Instead, Jacob jumps on a train wanting to escape and winds up on a travelling circus train and experiences the travelling circus live in the 1930s. Jacob soon becomes the vet for the show and learns all about how the circus operates, friendship, and love.

The story is seamlessly told between past and present, as Jacob remembers his life in the circus when the circus starts across the street from his retirement home. He talks about Marlena, his love, and his "bull" (elephant) Rosie, which is a different tale of love and is just as endearing.

As soon as I started this book I couldn't put it down. The characters and animals grabbed me and the tale of living on a train was enchanting. This is one of the better books I've read this year and I've already recommended it to people!

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, September 03, 2009
This book is with me now!

Journal Entry 4 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, September 03, 2009
Just as Jacob Jankowski is to sit his final veterinary exams at Cornell, he learns that his parents have been killed and he is penniless. He jumps aboard a passing train and finds himself in the circus world. The time period is the 1930s and it is a time of struggle. The circus rolls into town, sets up and goes on to the next town. It is a place for misfits, drifters, freaks and people who don't fit in.

Jacob soon becomes the circus vet and the circus soon becomes the proud owner of Rosie, an elephant. Rosie unfortunately is untrainable until Jacob happens upon the method to get her to perform.

There are many wonderful characters in this book. Marlena, the beautiful horse back rider is married to August, the animal trainer. August has severe anger issues and everyone is afraid of him. There is Walter, the midget whom Jacob gets to bunk with.

This is a great book about love, love for another human and a love of animals. It is wonderfully written and a very compelling read.

Journal Entry 5 by Giz-angel from Greenwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, November 15, 2009
And now it is with me - thank you very much :) Sunny recommended this book to me v highly so I am looking forward to reading it, plus I tend to like the same books as you guys too.

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