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Water For Elephants de Sara Gruen
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Water For Elephants (2006 original; edició 2006)

de Sara Gruen

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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.… (més)
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Títol:Water For Elephants
Autors:Sara Gruen
Informació:Algonquin Books (2006), Edition: Later Printing, Paperback, 335 pages
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    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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    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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I loved this book. It is one of those tales of the present and the past and it was timeless! ( )
  Weezer41 | Dec 27, 2020 |
I loved this book. It is one of those tales of the present and the past and it was timeless! ( )
  Weezer41 | Dec 27, 2020 |
Although everyone seems to love this book, I just couldn't make myself care enough to finish it. It really fell flat and never piqued my interest.
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
During the Depression an almost a vet begins working for a circus. Interesting story. ( )
  addunn3 | Dec 19, 2020 |
This novel is a fun, suspenseful romp behind the scenes of a Depression-era circus that tours the country by train. Don't look for well-developed characters whose motivations make a lot of sense; but do look for suspense and animals who tug at your heartstrings. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
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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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Gruen, Saraautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Abelsen, PeterTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Arduini, Adaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Jones, John RandolphNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
LeDoux, DavidNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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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