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Femnista May/June 2011:Water for Elephants


Sara Gruen’s historical fiction novel, Water for Elephants, was published in 2007 and became a best seller. For Christmas, my aunt had given me the book when it first came out and I neglected to read it for some time but I finally managed to delve into the story of veterinary student Jacob Janikowski struggling with the loss of his parents and trying to find himself among the many creatures great and small of the Benzini Brothers Circus. 816 more words


Water for Elephants: Sex and violence and secrets, oh my!

Length: Moderate (350 pages or more)

Accessibility: Very easy to read

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Once again, let me start this post by apologizing for yet another long absence. 836 more words

Book No 9 (2016) : At the Water's Edge

I was raised in deepest, darkest Surrey, where the highest point of the landscape is a hill near Dorking and the biggest lake is probably a man-made reservoir just off the M25. 346 more words


Water for Elephants: A Review

Book Score: 4

Once upon a time, there was a young, college educated man who, after a family tragedy, ran away to join the circus. But that was a long time ago. 303 more words


Water For Elephants-Should You Read It?

Genre: American Historical Fiction


As soon as I finished the novel, I watched the movie, and boy did they leave out quite a few things. 559 more words


At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

1942 Philadelphia and World War II is pulling able-bodied men and boys from every corner of the country. Young Maddie Hyde and her husband, Ellis come to blows with his crusty, uptight, disapproving upper class parents and are thrown out, disinherited and with limited financial support. 225 more words

Historical Fiction

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Rating ****

I loved this book.


Water for Elephants is about a young (almost) veteran that decides to quit school after his parents die. He is picked up on the side of the railroad by a circus act and is swept into the behind the scenes life of the circus where he falls in love with an unavailable woman. 151 more words

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