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

de Sara Gruen, David LeDoux (Reader), John Randolph Jones (Reader)

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27,518115590 (4.06)1 / 898
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
Altres autors:David LeDoux (Reader), John Randolph Jones (Reader)
Informació:HighBridge Company (2006), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
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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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    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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Es mostren 1-5 de 1148 (següent | mostra-les totes)
The last chapter makes all the other ones worth reading. ( )
  Jeffrey_G | Nov 22, 2022 |
Interesting story about a young man who accidentally joins a circus in the 1930s, after his parents passed away, leaving him penniless. I found the novel thoroughly engrossing. I appreciated how the author included circus episodes from her research. If you like historical fiction, stories about the circus, what life was like during the Great Depression, or how aging impacts life perspective, I think you would enjoy this book. ( )
  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
I read this book straight through, sacrificing my sleep to finish.

I fell in love with Rosie the elephant, and learned more about what I already knew: animals used for entertainment are slaves to their capitalistic owners.

This author used various circus stories and pictures from U.S. history in the 20th century to inspire this book, most notably the story of Topsy the elephant. Look it up.

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  burritapal | Oct 23, 2022 |
Didn’t like the abuse of animals. Book seemed slow. Really not my kind of book. ( )
  Leessa | Sep 3, 2022 |
It was the Great Depression & Jacobs father has died - Jacob is in his final term at Cornell University, and as one shock after another befalls him ( no money left, no veterinary practice to inherit from his dad, no other family to turn to) he walks out during his final exams & wanders. He encounters hobos & a train speeding away - without any plan whatsoever Jacob hops aboard, & discovers he’s on a circus train. Every chapter leads Jacob further into at first baffling uncertainties, even danger. But as the novel progresses we experience this Bildungsroman inside an historical drama, & then a growing romance - with unexpected plot twists & fascinating circus animal anecdotes. These are related through the dreams, conversations with care givers, & internal musings of the now 93 yr old Jacob, stuck in a nursing home. Plowed through about one chapter at a time but as the pace picks up & Jacob must pick his way through one dilemma or crisis after another, all while trying desperately to hide his growing love for Marlena, the beautiful & brave liberty horses act … well I just stopped & read until the end. A powerful & poignant story with tender insights about growing old. Wouldn’t recommend to young teens due to the graphic violence but especially the sex scenes. But worth reading just for the Rosie ( the circus’ most prized acquisition, an elephant) segments !
  BDartnall | Aug 20, 2022 |
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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
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Arduini, Adaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Jones, John RandolphNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
LeDoux, DavidNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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I meant what I said, and I said what I meant...
An elephant's faithful--one hundred per cent!
--Theodor Seuss Geisel, Horton Hatches the Egg, 1940
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I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other.
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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