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Water for Elephants [electronic Resource]

A Novel

By Sara Gruen

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 own way 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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Water for elephants [a novel]

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Water for elephants [a novel]

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2007

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9781565125858


Format: Ebook
Author: Gruen, Sara
Summary: A novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932. When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, 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.--From publisher description.
Title: Water for elephants [electronic resource] : a novel / Sara Gruen.
Publisher Date: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007.
Subject: Circus -- Fiction Depressions -- 1929 -- Fiction. Circus performers -- Fiction Historical fiction Love stories
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Format: Ebook
Author: Gruen, Sara
Summary: A novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932. When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, 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.--From publisher description.
Title: Water for elephants [electronic resource] : a novel / Sara Gruen.
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
Publisher, Date: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007.
Description: 1 online resource (350 p.) : ill.
Subjects: Circus -- Fiction
Subjects: Depressions -- 1929 -- Fiction.
Subjects: Circus performers -- Fiction
Subjects: Historical fiction
Subjects: Love stories
Genre: Electronic books.
Notes: Contains interview with author and book-group discussion questions.
Notes: Description based on print version record.
Web Site: http://myrcpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=0EC4CFAB-4E80-42D6-8D62-FC84FF087D2D Click here to check out and download.
Web Site: http://myrcpl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=0EC4CFAB-4E80-42D6-8D62-FC84FF087D2D Click here to check out and download.
ISBN: 9781565125858 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
ISBN: 1565125851 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
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