Water for elephants : a novel / Sara Gruen.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st pbk. ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: A novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932. When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.
    • Content Notes:
      A novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932. When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her. -- From publisher description.
    • Notes:
      Contains interview with author and book-group discussion questions.
    • ISBN:
      9781565125605
      1565125606
      9781616200701
      1616200707
    • Accession Number:
      2007280214
    • Accession Number:
      ocn123132226
      123132226
    • Accession Number:
      fay.564436
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      GRUEN, S. Water for elephants : a novel. [s.l.] : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 20 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Gruen S. Water for Elephants : A Novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.564436. Accessed October 20, 2019.
    • APA:
      Gruen, S. (2007). Water for elephants : a novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.564436
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Gruen, Sara. 2007. Water for Elephants : A Novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.564436.
    • Harvard:
      Gruen, S. (2007) Water for elephants : a novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.564436 (Accessed: 20 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Gruen, S 2007, Water for elephants : a novel, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, viewed 20 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Gruen, Sara. Water for Elephants : A Novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.564436.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Gruen, Sara. Water for Elephants : A Novel. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.564436.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Gruen S. Water for elephants : a novel [Internet]. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; 2007 [cited 2019 Oct 20]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.564436

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2006 April #2

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. ((Reviewed April 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2006 March #2

When his parents are killed in a traffic accident, Jacob Jankowski hops a train after walking out on his final exams at Cornell, where he had hoped to earn a veterinary degree. The train turns out to be a circus train, and since it's the Depression, when someone with a vet's skills can attach himself to a circus if he's lucky, Jacob soon finds himself involved with the animal acts--specifically with the beautiful young Marlena, the horse rider, and her husband, August. Jacob falls for Marlena immediately, and the ensuing triangle is at the center of this novel, which follows the circus across the states. Jacob learns the ins and outs of circus life, in this case under the rule of the treacherous Uncle Al, who cheats the workers and deals roughly with patrons who complain about blatant false advertising and rip-off exhibits. Jacob and Marlena are attracted to each other, but their relationship is fairly innocent until it becomes clear that August is not merely jealous but dangerously mentally deranged. Old-fashioned and endearing, this is an enjoyable, fast-paced story told by the older Jacob, now in his nineties in a nursing home. From the author of Riding Lessons ; recommended for all libraries.--Jim Coan, SUNY Coll. at Oneonta

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PW Reviews 2006 March #1

With its spotlight on elephants, Gruen's romantic page-turner hinges on the human-animal bonds that drove her debut and its sequel (Riding Lessons and Flying Changes )--but without the mass appeal that horses hold. The novel, told in flashback by nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski, recounts the wild and wonderful period he spent with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a traveling circus he joined during the Great Depression. When 23-year-old Jankowski learns that his parents have been killed in a car crash, leaving him penniless, he drops out of Cornell veterinary school and parlays his expertise with animals into a job with the circus, where he cares for a menagerie of exotic creatures, including an elephant who only responds to Polish commands. He also falls in love with Marlena, one of the show's star performers--a romance complicated by Marlena's husband, the unbalanced, sadistic circus boss who beats both his wife and the animals Jankowski cares for. Despite her often clichéd prose and the predictability of the story's ending, Gruen skillfully humanizes the midgets, drunks, rubes and freaks who populate her book. (May 26)

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