Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Gruen (Riding Lesson, not reviewed) brings to life the world of a Depression-era traveling circus.Jacob Jankowski, a retired veterinarian living out his days in an assisted-living facility, drifts in and out of his memories: Only days before graduating from vet school in 1931, young Jake learns his parents have died and left him penniless. Leaving school, he hops a train that happens to belong to ... Read full review

Review: Water for Elephants

Editorial Review - - Jennifer Krieger

Jacob Jankowski is pushing 90 and wallowing in a nursing home, abandoned by his family and surrounded by aged octogenarians who irk him with their senility. He has few pleasures in life an astute and friendly nurse named Rosemary and his vibrant memories. As Jacob lies in his bed, drifting in and out of sleep, lucidness and dreams, the compelling story of his experiences as a young man unfolds in ... Read full review

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In the Beginning I was so not please, but, after a few pages I was so interested and learn many new concepts and a vocabulary. It is a very crucial reading to be done is so fun to read. I also enjoyed the plot and the way the books plays with the settings in contrast with the movie.

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Great Book!

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This book is the best book you can ever read if you like drama and love this book left me speechless I give this book a 5 star rating

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Really good story. Different. You love Jacob and sort of root for him and his feelings. You can't stand August and his ways. I can't wait to watch the movie and see the differences.

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This novel is about a boy named Jacob who is about to complete his finial test to become a vet when he receives news that changes his life forever. Upon hearing the news, he has no idea what to do with his life anymore, so he jumps on a circus train. The rest of the story switches between Jacob during his life in the circus and Jacob as an older man in a retirement home waiting for his family to take him to the circus across the street. I was excited to read this book, and when I began I could not put it down. There is not a dull moment in the book. Gruen describes the story in amazing detail, it is like you are in Jacobs head feeling his emotions. This is a romantic, funny, and interesting book that will keep you on your feet.  

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This is a very good book. It may be slightly over hyped, but it certainly deserves of most of the praise it’s receiving. Water for Elephants is a moving tale about circus life during the depression era with quirky characters and complex emotions underlying the character’s actions. It’s uniquely told from the perspective of one character at two different stages of his life; Jacob at 20 and again when he was 93 and living in a nursing home. The story moves seamlessly between these two timelines and although I was more intrigued by the introspective old Jacob, the complexity and volatility of young Jacob also captured my attention, just on a different more concrete level. The book touches on what’s important at different phases of life. The story is sweet, tragic and entertaining and the emotions that surface range from sad and lonely to happy and in love. In short, the story is haunting and brings to light the strong bond that develops between man and animal and shows the true meaning of friendship. An excellent selection for those who enjoy a good character driven story.
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I LOVE THIS BOOK! I've been recomending it to everyone I know now. I can say that this is now on my list of favorites.

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