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Water for Elephants (movie tie-in, mass…
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Water for Elephants (movie tie-in, mass market) (2006 original; edició 2011)

de Sara Gruen

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26,129113987 (4.07)1 / 889
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.… (més)
Membre:tgarnsey
Títol:Water for Elephants (movie tie-in, mass market)
Autors:Sara Gruen
Informació:Algonquin Books (2011), Edition: Mti Rep, Paperback, 464 pages
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    Smiler69: Set during the Great Depression, a young boy is taught how to fly to become part of a travelling vaudeville act.
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    Seabiscuit: An American Legend de Laura Hillenbrand (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Though Gruen's story is fiction and Hillenbrand's journalistic nonfiction, both reveal relationships between humans and animals in the Great Depression's entertainment field. Each describes the backstage training, care, and abuse of performing animals and people in candid, engaging language.… (més)
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    Nights at the Circus de Angela Carter (Pax_Biblio)
  8. 20
    The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel de Melanie Benjamin (Alliebadger)
    Alliebadger: Both well-written stories about the performing life. Very different sides of it, and in very different time periods, but both well-written and exciting.
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    The Gargoyle de Andrew Davidson (heidilove)
    heidilove: If the power of story compels you, you'll like this as well.
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    Stbalbach: Considered by some (in the business) to be the best (most accurate) circus novel ever written.
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    SATURNBEAR: A great story of animals and people coming together and overcoming painful histories.
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    Little Heathens de Mildred Armstrong Kalish (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Readers of Water for Elephants may enjoy reading this memoir of farm life during the Great Depression; though the experiences are rather different, Little Heathens offers a complementary view of the period.
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Es mostren 1-5 de 1135 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Great story, very captivating! ( )
  GeneseeLibrary | Sep 25, 2021 |
I picked this up for free from the Amazon Lending Library. I recently read Night Circus and thought I might enjoy one more circus related book before I head back into genre fiction once again.

The writing was solid, the characters each believable and likable, and the story interesting. The book's strength came from a wonderfully researched circus train and a dismally realistic portrayal of the despair of old age. Each world grounded the other in reality and made this story something special. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
This story is expertly woven and never failed to impress. I put off reading it because, quite frankly, I've never enjoyed the circus. It seemed so fake and contrived to me. But this book had me truly caring about all of the work that goes into making a production so grand. Being a lover of animals, I found myself bawling at certain parts. This book made me feel.

The characters are well-painted and I felt like I was watching them carry out these acts in real life. The writing style has a lovely blend of unabashed reality and elegance. The pacing is near-perfect. Truly an accomplished piece of writing. I look forward to her next book! ( )
  candyharlot | Aug 19, 2021 |
Loved this book, ( )
  Gmomaj | Jul 28, 2021 |
between 2.5 and 3 stars. this is really good for the historical bits and the insight into what it was like working with a train circus in 1931. i had never really thought about how maybe there weren't too many zoos back then, and so the circus had far more animals than i thought they would - chimps, lions, tigers, panthers, polar bears, giraffes, elephants, horses, llamas, yaks, camels, hyenas, orangutans. we only read about the mistreatment of a couple of them, but i can only imagine that all of them suffered such abuse, even if just to be taught that they weren't the alpha animal when the trainer was around. that was the hardest part of the book for me, reading of the way august would hurt rosie the elephant. it was written so matter-of-factly, i'm curious as to the research she did into the animal abuse.

the detail in the way the circus operates, and the people who work it (as well as the class distinction between the performers and the workers) was pretty fascinating. jacob has to learn the language, the characters, the inner running of a circus, and so we are exposed and learn along with him. circuses don't exist like this anymore (thank goodness) so this serves as a great peek into the circus life.

generally speaking, when the writing is about the circus and is showing us the historical context, this is well written and interesting. the romance bit (which is a major plot point, unfortunately) dragged it down considerably for me (it was both less interesting and the dialogue between them was significantly less well written) and i felt like there were other ways to move the story in the direction that storyline led us.

but i do think i'll find myself thinking of the circus aspect for a long time, so i'm leaning this to 3 stars instead of 2.5. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Jul 23, 2021 |
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It's a favorite of book clubs and reading groups, and is supposedly rife with parallels between the protagonist, Jacob Jankowski and Jacob, grandson of Abraham, in the Bible. I wish one of you would tell me what they are. They are not obvious to me, other than a cryptic "Jacob's ladder" parallel to the ladder on the train cars that give access to the roof and that will be important late in the story. What is obvious to me is this is a book about memory, something elephants are famous for and something humans are famous for treating as reliable when it isn't.
afegit per paradoxosalpha | editaDaily Kos, Limelite (Jul 28, 2011)
 
At its finest, "Water for Elephants" resembles stealth hits like "The Giant's House," by Elizabeth McCracken, or "The Lovely Bones," by Alice Sebold, books that combine outrageously whimsical premises with crowd-pleasing romanticism. But Gruen's prose is merely serviceable, and she hurtles through cataclysmic events, overstuffing her whiplash narrative with drama (there's an animal stampede, two murders and countless fights).
 
What goes on under the big top is nothing compared with the show backstage.
afegit per Shortride | editaTime, Lev Grossman (Jul 16, 2006)
 

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Only three people were left under the red and white awning of the grease joint: Grady, me, and the fry cook. (Prologue)
The idea for this book came unexpectedly: In early 2003 I was gearing up to write an entirely different book when the Chicago Tribune ran an article on Edward J. Kelty, a photographer who followed traveling circuses around America in the 1920s and '30s. (Author's Note)
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Is where you’re from the place you’re leaving or where you have roots?
I wasn’t aware of dozing, but that’s how it goes these days. I seem to slip in and out of time and space.
With a secret like that, at some point the secret itself becomes irrelevant. The fact that you kept it does not.
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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.

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