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Though 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 ownway 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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As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the Great Depression, and for Jacob the circus world was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was ultimately their only hope for survival.

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Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope.

About the Author

SARA GRUEN is the best selling author of Riding Lessons and Water for Elephants. She is an animal lover who lives with her husband, three children, five cats, two goats, a dog, and a horse in an environmentalist community north of Chicago.

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Gwen Ellis, January 24, 2012 (view all comments by Gwen Ellis)
Water for Elephants
I was first introduced to the story through a movie I was viewing on a long, long flight across the Atlantic. I liked the story and soon found the book to read. The story is of circus life in the days when circus life was the ultimate dream of many young people��"running away to join the circus. Then I remembered when the Clyde Beatty Circus came to my tiny Montana hometown. Because of a railroad strike, the circus needed to offload the animals and put them through their acts as well as to rest them. My brothers, both pre-teen kids went to help the circus set up. I remember how rough the roustabouts were and how lovely the leading ladies. I remember the pungent mixed smell of popcorn and animal dung. It all came back when I read this wonderful gritty story so full of passion. And...I adored the surprise ending.

Gwen Ellis
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mjwo, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by mjwo)
The book was well researched; there were times while reading where I could almost smell the cotton candy, sawdust, animals. Gives a behind-the-scenes look at the treatment of both people and animals in presenting "entertainment". Once you start reading, you won't want to put it down.
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adricantu, January 14, 2012 (view all comments by adricantu)
This book constantly kept me turning the pages. It's full of drama and suspense. I could not put the book down and I would recommend it for anyone.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781616200718
Author:
Gruen, Sara
Publisher:
Algonquin Books
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
1929
Subject:
Circus performers.
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20110301
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
GA
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
171.45 x 107.95 x 31.75 mm

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As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the Great Depression, and for Jacob the circus world was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was ultimately their only hope for survival.
"Synopsis" by , Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope.
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