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Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen

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Published: 1st May 2011
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Set in a travelling circus touring the backblocks of America during the Great Depression of the early 1930s this is a story of love and hate, trains and circuses, dwarves and fat ladies, horses and elephants - or to be more specific, one elephant, Rosie, star of Benzini Bros Most Spectacular Show on Earth . . . Now a major motion picture.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, swindlers and misfits in a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression.

A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that Jacob meets Marlena, the beautiful equestrienne who is married to August, a charismatic but violently unpredictable animal trainer. Jacob also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems unmanageable until he discovers an unusual way to reach her.

Water for Elephants is a story that has it all - warmth, humour, poignancy and passion. It has an energy and spirit like the feeling under a big top when the show is about to begin. It is a novel that will win your heart.

About The Author

Sara Gruen is a transplanted Canadian who moved to the States in 1999 for a technical writing job. Two years later she got laid off, and instead of looking for another job, she decided to take a gamble on writing fiction full time. Fortunately, the gamble paid off. She made her fiction debut in 2004 with Riding Lessons, followed by Flying Changes . Water for Elephants is her third novel, and her fourth, Ape House, was released across the world toward the end of 2010. Sara lives with her husband, three children, two dogs, four cats, two goats, and a horse in an environmentalist community in North Illinois. Her dream is to spend her life facedown in the ocean, coming up just long enough to eat a piece of fish, write a chapter, and go back in the water.

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The book is much betterthan the movie

4

This book is so much more than the movie. It lets you see into the process of aging and the short comings of the nurseing homes....how terrible it is for older people who still have their mental faculties to be put into a nurseing home.

Western Australia

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5

When they make a book into a film...proves its worth, However this book is to be tasted, enjoyed and allows the reader to go into another lifestyle and into the mind of another person and share their life.

Adelaide

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Water for Elephants

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ISBN: 9781742374475
ISBN-10: 1742374476
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st May 2011
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1