Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

Water For Elephants

By Sara Gruen

  • Release Date: 2010-12-14
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 518 Ratings
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Description

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.

Reviews

  • Water for Elephants

    5
    By Estelle D.
    I was so engrossed in this book , that my family had to wait for their suppers at times, Wonderful story, very human and believable Unlike some stories one hears or reads about. I will follow this author closely.
  • Water for Elephants

    5
    By Kathryn_Landon
    this was an amazing book!! I really loved it! I think if Jacob were a real old man I would love to know him!
  • Water For Elephants

    4
    By 9jan9
    A thought provoking story that makes you wonder how a life full of adventure and love could conclude so pathetically, almost!
  • Excellent

    4
    By Moommas
    A beautiful story, masterfully written. Enjoyed every word.
  • Fantastic

    4
    By LisaMc5
    The writing told such a fantastic detailed story!
  • Good read

    5
    By no contest
    Good story, well written. I have not seen the movie but loved the book.
  • Very touching

    5
    By Cottage Man
    Once I started reading it was hard to put it down. Now I have also seen the movie and liked that too. Highly recommend
  • Water for Elephants

    5
    By Kselte
    Great book. Couldn't put it down.
  • Great story!

    4
    By Mat1400
    I loved the book. The way life on a circus train is so well discribed. I only gave it 4 stars because of the ending. I felt that the author was tired of writting and rushed the ending. There could gave been a second tome instead of the last chapter. Still, I recomend the book greatly.
  • Water for Elephants

    5
    By corinb123
    Love this book!

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