Water For Elephants

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HarperCollins Canada, Dec 14, 2010 - Fiction - 352 pages
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The runaway international bestseller and beloved fiction classic

Orphaned and penniless at the height of the Depression, Jacob Jankowski escapes everything he knows by jumping on a passing train—and inadvertently runs away with the circus. So begins Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen’s darkly beautiful tale about the characters who inhabit the less-than-greatest show on earth.

Jacob finds a place tending the circus animals, including a seemingly untrainable elephant named Rosie. He also comes to know Marlena, the star of the equestrian act—and wife of August, a charismatic but cruel animal trainer. Caught between his love for Marlena and his need to belong in the crazy family of travelling performers, Jacob is freed only by a murderous secret that will bring the big top down.

Water for Elephants is an enchanting page-turner, the kind of book that creates a world that engulfs you from the first page to the last.

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Exellent plot and characterization. - LibraryThing
The pace of the plot and the use of flashbacks work. - LibraryThing
Wonderful, magical storytelling on Gruen's part. - LibraryThing
The animal abuse was hard to read, though. - LibraryThing
Interesting premise. - LibraryThing
The ending made it all worthwhile. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - KR_Patterson - LibraryThing

I have pretty much the same review as everyone else's I've read. I really would have given it five stars if it wasn't for the unnecessary and crude sex scenes. I really did love the story. It was fast paced and held my attention. I also liked the style it was written in, as mostly flashbacks. Read full review

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User Review  - payam-tommy - LibraryThing

I don't see why it's so popular with a lot of readers. because of that good-looking-vampire-guy in the movie maybe,ladies? The plot couldn't be written more cliché. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

SARA GRUEN was born in Vancouver, lived in London, Ontario, and went to university in Ottawa. She now lives with her husband and three children in a conservation community outside of Chicago. Her fiction debut, Riding Lessons, was an international bestseller. Water for Elephants is her third novel. Visit her website at www.saragruen.com.

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