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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Water for elephants by Sara Gruen

LIFE IS THE MOST SPECTACULAR SHOW ON EARTH

An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the
circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto
a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, 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.

Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a
wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people
that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that
few can afford.   Review by Book Browse

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September 19, 2011 Posted by | Adventure, Film tie in, Past, people and places, Romance | , | Leave a comment