Water for Elephants Book (Summary - Review - Order Book - About Sara Gruen)


Author Sara Gruen
Cover artist Charles Mason/Getty Images
Country United States of America
Language English
Genre Historical romance novel
Publisher Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing
Publication date
26 May 2006 (1st edition)
Media type Print
Pages 331 (first edition)
ISBN 1-56512-499-5 (first edition)
OCLC 61362217
813/.6 22
LC Class PS3607.R696 W38 2006

Although I may not talk about them, the memories still remain in Jacob Jankowski's ninety-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, thrown by fate in a rickety train that was home to the most spectacular Show of the Benzini brothers on Earth. Memories of a world full of monsters and clowns, with amazement and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow and irrational rules, its own way of life and its own form of death. The world of the circus: for Jacob, it was both salvation and a living hell. Jacob was there because his luck had run out, he had been orphaned and without money, he had no address until he landed in this locomotive "boat of fools". It was the first part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-category circus was lucky to have a job. 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 streak of stockings. And Rosie, the elephant, was there because it was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; The only problem was that Rosie did not have an act; In fact, I could not even follow the instructions. The bond that grew between this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope of survival. Surprising, moving and fun, Agua para elefantes is that rare novel with such a fascinating story that one is reluctant to leave it; with such attractive characters, they continue to live long after the last page has been passed; With a world built of wonder, a world so real, one begins to breathe its air.

About the Author
Sara Gruen is the #1 New York Times and the 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 worldwide. Water for Elephants was adapted into a major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon, Rob Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz in 2011. She lives in western North Carolina with her husband and three sons, along with their dogs, cats, horses, birds, and the world’s fussiest goat.

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