Water For Elephants

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as A Young Man, Jacob Jankowski Was Tossed By Fate Onto A Rickety Train That Was Home To The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show On Earth. It Was The Early Part Of The Great Depression, And For Jacob, Now Ninety, The Circus World He Remembers Was Both His Salvation And A Living Hell. A Veterinary Student Just Shy Of A Degree, He Was Put In Charge Of Caring For The Circus Menagerie. It Was There That He Met Marlena, The Beautiful Equestrian Star Married To August, The Charismatic But Twisted Animal Trainer. And He Met Rosie, An Untrainable Elephant Who Was The Great Gray Hope For This Third-rate Traveling Show. The Bond That Grew Among This Unlikely Trio Was One Of Love And Trust, And, Ultimately, It Was Their Only Hope For Survival.

the New York Times - Elizabeth Judd

circuses Showcase Human Beings At Their Silliest And Most Sublime, And Many Unlikely Literary Figures Have Been Drawn To Their Glitzy Pageantry, Soaring Pretensions And Metaphorical Potential (marianne Moore Leaps To Mind). Unsurprisingly, Writers Seem Liberated By Imagining A Spectacle Where No Comparison Ever Seems Inflated, No Development Impossible. For Better And For Worse, Gruen Has Fallen Under The Spell. With A Showman's Expert Timing, She Saves A Terrific Revelation For The Final Pages, Transforming A Glimpse Of Americana Into An Enchanting Escapist Fairy Tale.

Authors : Gruen, Sara

Publisher : Algonquin Books

Published Year : 2011

Format : Paperback, 464 pages

ISBN : 1616200715

ISBN13 : 9781616200718