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Water for elephants : a novel, Sara Gruen

Label
Water for elephants : a novel
Title
Water for elephants
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Sara Gruen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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.--From publisher description
  • "Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski's ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell. Jacob was there because his luck had run out{u2014}orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive "ship of fools." It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, a handsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn't have an act{u2014}in fact, she couldn't even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival. Surprising, poignant, and funny, Water for Elephants is that rare novel with a story so engrossing, one is reluctant to put it down; with characters so engaging, they continue to live long after the last page has been turned; with a world built of wonder, a world so real, one starts to breathe its air."--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
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Gruen, Sara
Dewey number
813/.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3607.R696
LC item number
W38 2006
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Circus
  • Depressions
  • Circus performers
  • Parents
  • Elephants
  • Circus animals
  • Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
  • Depressions
Label
Water for elephants : a novel, Sara Gruen
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
61362217
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
335 pages
Isbn
9781565124998
Lccn
2005052700
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9781565124998
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Water for elephants : a novel, Sara Gruen
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
61362217
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
335 pages
Isbn
9781565124998
Lccn
2005052700
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9781565124998
Other physical details
illustrations

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