Friday, November 4, 2011

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Thursday, December 1

6:00 pm
Soup & Sandwich Supper
Followed by showing of film at 6:30 pm
Reservations required

Winner of the 2007 BookBrowse Diamond Award for Most Popular Book.

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.

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1 comment:

  1. I liked the decision that Jacob made when he kept Rosie the elephant. It showed how much he cared for the animal and how he wanted to make sure she was treated well. I also felt it was amusing how he tricked the other circus to make them think that Rosie could not perform tricks when she really could.


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