Water for Elephants

Sara Gruen
Algonquin Books , English
90 ratings
  • maiorana68 added a soundbite 3 years ago
    My copy says it IS lendable
  • Myka added a soundbite 4 years ago
    Makes me think that what makes you love a book is not the overall story but scenes that stand out.
  • lizblue added a soundbite 4 years ago
    Very hard to put down--definitely worth your time.
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    An anonymous Lendler added a soundbite 4 years ago
    One of my favorite so far. Love the romance but felt sorry for the way the animals were treated.
  • Tammy B. added a soundbite 4 years ago
    Didn't make me want to run off and join the circus, but made me understand those who do.

Life is good for Jacob Jankowski. He’s about to graduate from veterinary school and about to bed the girl of his dreams. Then his parents are killed in a car crash, leaving him in the middle of the Great Depression with no home, no family, and no career. Almost by accident, Jacob joins the circus. There he falls in love with the beautiful performer Marlena, who is married to the circus’ psychotic animal trainer. He also meets the other love of his life, Rosie the elephant. This lushly romantic novel travels back in forth in time between Jacob’s present day in a nursing home and his adventures in the surprisingly harsh world of 1930s circuses. The ending of both stories is a little too cheerful to be believed, but just like a circus, the magic of the story and the writing convince you to suspend your disbelief. The book is partially based on real circus stories and illustrated with historical circus photographs

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