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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

5/5 stars. Fiction, Historical, Audiobook.

Over 10,000,000 copies in print worldwide #1 New York Times Bestseller A Los Angeles Times Bestseller A Wall Street Journal Bestseller A Newsday Favorite Book of 2006 A USA Today Bestseller A Major Motion Picture starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz Jacob Janowski’s luck had run out–orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

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Water for Elephants Reflection

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

*This reflection contains spoilers.*

I admit, I saw the movie before I read the book and it was at least six or seven years ago. 507 more words


Water for Elephants Review

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Rating 4.5 Stars

The circus! The big top! Despite the controversy surrounding circuses in modern society, there is still an element of thrill and curiosity whenever one is mentioned. 761 more words


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REVIEW: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Get whisked away to the circus in this emotionally powerful novel, filled with plenty of drama and romance that easily captures the reader’s heart. 

Set in an America in the grips of the Great Depression and prohibition, Sara Gruen’s deeply fascinating and heartfelt novel brings the glamour (and at times seediness) of the circus beautifully to life as seen through the eyes of Jacob Jankowski, a Cornell veterinary student who falls on hard times. 315 more words


First reading of Water for Elephants

I did not really know very much about the circus before I started to read this book. There is a whole hierarchy of people in the circus and the performers tend to stay away from the workers who set it all up and tend the animals. 195 more words


December - Water for Elephants

Aaaargh I didn’t manage it! I put Water for Elephants on the list because I read it 5 years ago in another book club (Shhhh don’t tell my guys there was life before Turn the Page) and I wanted to read it again. 792 more words