Water for elephants is a story about an elderly man, jacob, who recalls an adventure in his younger years. Water for elephants has two plots going on, both starring the same main character, jacob. The circus train only had a limited amount of water on board, and elephants can drink 100300 litres per day approximately 2680 gallons. There is so much to love about sara gruens water for elephants, from the lush and magical setting of a 1930s circus, to the sweeping forbidden romance, to the heartbreaking recollections of narrator jacob jankowski but besides offering a sweepyouoffyourfeet reading experience and a highlyanticipated movie adaptation late this month, there are plenty of opportunities to study the.
The denver post so compelling, so detailed and vivid, that i couldnt bear to be torn away from it for a single minute. Sara gruens book, water for elephants, was a runaway best seller an internationally acclaimed novel told as the reminiscences of an old man, jacob, about his experiences with a depressionera circus where he witnessed the brutalities inflicted on people and animals alike. School district 2010 after a parent complained about the novel s sexual content. Water for elephants book discussion questions water for elephants moves between a story about a circus and a story about an old man in a nursing home. Only days before graduating from vet school in 1931, young jake learns his parents have died and left him penniless.
Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a travelling circus and falls in love with the ringmasters wife. Water for elephants is a historical novel by sara gruen, written as part of national novel writing month. Download sara gruen water for elephants audiobook free epub, mobi, pdf ebooks download, ebook torrents download. A symbol that is strategically included throughout the story is the title of the novel. Water for elephants by sara gruen ebook epubpdfprcmobi. Originally written as part of the monthlong nanowrimo challenge, water for elephants became sara gruens bestselling novel and the basis for the 2011 film of the same name. Water for elephants book club discussion questions and. Jul 12, 2007 sara gruens arresting new novel, water for elephants, explores similar subject matter the pathetic grandeur of the depressionera circus.
Water for elephants is the first adult novel ive read and it certainly didnt disappoint. The story starts off with ninetythree year old jacob jankowski recounting his life as a young man training at cornell to be a veterinarian. No stranger to marrying the fates of her characters to animals, gruen previously published the novels riding lessons 2004 and flying changes 2005, both of which focus on horses and horsemanship. Water for elephants is a historical novel by sara gruen, written as part of national novel writing month jacob janowskis luck had run out. It stars reese witherspoon, robert pattinson, and christoph waltz. The significance of first person perspective, and the novel being told through the older and younger jacobs point of view is that readers can clearly see the changes jacob undergoes as time progresses. The sweeping, intergenerational story of a vermont family, from wwii to the dawning of the 60s the most magisterial and moving novel of acclaimed author jeffrey lents career. Water for elephants is a book that can be read and reread, recommended and handed off between friends. Mar 11, 2011 sara gruens book, water for elephants, was a runaway best seller an internationally acclaimed novel told as the reminiscences of an old man, jacob, about his experiences with a depressionera circus where he witnessed the brutalities inflicted on people and animals alike. About the author sara gruen is the internationally bestselling author of water for elephants and at the waters edge. He is brought to the trailer to meet the circus owner and it. Goodreads members who liked water for elephants also liked.
Water for elephants, gruens third novel, is a cozy read that has produced a copious amount of buzz cleveland plain dealer. There has been so much hype surrounding this novel an international bestseller, even more so now with the movie soon to be released, but i couldnt anticipate just how much this book lived up to and excelled expectation. Beautifully written and completely unforgettable, water for elephants is an atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of starcrossed lovers, set in the us circus world circa 1932. Robert pattinson,reese witherspoon,christoph waltz. Water for elephants a depressionera circus provides the backdrop for sara gruens latest novel, water for elephants. How do the chapters about the older jacob enrich the story about jacobs adventure with the circus. Symbolism a symbol that is strategically included throughout the story is the title of the novel. Sara gruen has said that the backbone of her novel parallels the biblical story of jacob, in the book of genesis.
Water for elephants is the new york times bestselling debut novel. Love is a driving force in water for elephants, and its not limited to the love one human feels for another. With a showmans expert timing, gruen saves a terrific revelation for the final pages, transforming a glimpse of. He calls him a liar, and they both get really worked up. Jacob is studying to become a veterinarian, but his studies are cut short when his parents pass away, as the family farm is. Water for elephants was adapted into a major motion picture starring reese witherspoon, rob pattinson, and. Water for elephants is a 2011 american romantic drama film directed by francis lawrence and written by richard lagravenese, based on sara gruens 2006 novel of the same name. But besides offering a sweepyouoffyourfeet reading experience and a highlyanticipated movie adaptation late this month, there are plenty of opportunities. Times, publishers weekly, san francisco chronicle, and washington post lists a usa today and wall street journal best seller an american book association indiebound best seller.
The story follows jacob jankowski who was an old man living in a nursing home, as he looks back about a time that defined his life. Supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. The characters in water for elephants are members of a circus. Most likely, when we hear the word circus, we react in the same way jacobs peers at the old folks home do. Read online water for elephants by sara gruen for free. The complainant further suggested that the school only allow youth versions of particular books or organize a.
Robert pattinson,reese witherspoon,christoph waltz storyline jacob jankowski left after the death of his parents, penniless and homeless. Water for elephants is a rich surprise, a delightful gem springing from a fascinating footnote to history that absolutely deserved to be mined. Jacob, the books narrator and protagonist, worked as a vet and trainer of sorts at a circus. She demonstrates an exceptional aptitude for writing, and matthias, for a time, indulges her with reed pens, papyri, and other 16 c. So i purchased the book and slowly began retreating. In the beginning of the novel, jacob mocks another resident of the nursing home who claims to have worked in the circus and carried water for the elephants. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of water for elephants by sara gruen. Blackandwhite photographs of real american circus scenes from the first half of the century are interspersed throughout the. Apr 22, 2011 weve probably all seen a movie and wished it were 40 minutes shorter or read a book and thought, damn, this really could have been condensed and lost nothing. With robert pattinson, reese witherspoon, christoph waltz, paul schneider. Books, stories, and novels like water for elephants by sara gruen. From my understanding of both works, the only clear connection is the theme of deception.
This particular symbol is introduced in the first few pages of the novel, when the older jacob is sitting down to dinner at the nursing home with his. Water for elephants by sara gruen is an absolutely spectacular read. Sara gruen has written an utterly transporting novel richly full of the stuff of life. The story is told as a series of memories by jacob jankowski, a 93yearold man who lives in a nursing home. The circus, the great depression, a complex elephant, equally complex love, the mists and twists of memory articulated in the utterly winning voice of a very old man whos seen it all. The truth is, it is summer and i am desperate for a distraction away from my recent obsession with greys anatomy reruns fueled by netflixs instant queue. So, i read the story of jacob, son of isaac who was the son of abraham, who almost sacrificed isaac. Aug 05, 2008 a meticulously researched, fastpaced, engaging and ultimately very satisfying novel set mostly ina depression era travelling circus. The main character recalls of events that took place in the 1930s. I read that the story of jacob is allegedly the backbone of water for elephants. The title, water for elephants, is almost a little inside joke with the reader once weve finished the book, that is. The novel may have been initially kicked out in about a month, but sara gruens water for elephants bears all the hallmarks of a wellresearched work of historical fiction. With lines of startling beauty, haunting and evocative scenes and finelydrawn characters who dance off the page, readers can dip in and out of the novel, immersing themselves in jacobs memories. Jacob is the moral center of the book, recognizing and, where possible, preventing those cruelties, and in the.
One of the nurses, rosemary, makes jacob go back to his room. Oct 21, 2009 sara gruen has written an utterly transporting novel richly full of the stuff of life. Read water for elephants absolutely for free at readanybook. Removed from a spring break elective course at the bedford, n. May 01, 2007 water for elephants was adapted into a major motion picture starring reese witherspoon, rob pattinson, and christoph waltz in 2011. Mar 18, 2008 it came up as question 16 in the water for elephants reading group guide. Jacob jankowski, a retired veterinarian living out his days in an assistedliving facility, drifts in and out of his memories. With a showmans expert timing, gruen saves a terrific revelation for the final pages, transforming a glimpse of americana. One guy whos new to the home, joseph mcguinty, claims that he used to carry water for the elephants 1. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Her works have been translated into fortythree languages and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. She lives in western north carolina with her husband and three sons, along with their dogs, cats, horses, birds, and the worlds fussiest goat. Water for elephants resembles stealth hits like the giants house, by elizabeth mccracken, or the lovely bones, by alice sebold, books that combine outrageously whimsical premises with crowdpleasing romanticism. Sara gruen uses her talent as a writer to bring that world alive for the reader.
Sara gruens arresting new novel, water for elephants, explores similar subject matter the pathetic grandeur of the depressionera circus. Find books like water for elephants from the worlds largest community of readers. Many of the characteristics that are highlighted in water for elephants are from the depression era. It shouldnt be a surprise that in the prologue we cant tell whether jacob is talking about marlena or rosie when he uses the word she he loves them both and thinks of them both as individuals. Water for elephants by sara gruen free download epub. Water for elephants movie tiein by sara gruen, paperback. At its finest, water for elephants resembles stealth hits like the giants house, by elizabeth mccracken, or the lovely bones, by alice sebold, books that combine outrageously whimsical premises with crowdpleasing romanticism. Lifewild is a 67,700word young adult novel filled with humor, action, suspense and even romance as haley and arthur struggle to find their place. Apr 27, 2011 the novel may have been initially kicked out in about a month, but sara gruens water for elephants bears all the hallmarks of a wellresearched work of historical fiction. In one plot, jacob is a young guy just starting out in the world. Iron manimal, underground, scars, the escapists daughter search search free books genres scifi fantasy adventure. Water for elephants questions and answers discover the community of teachers, mentors and students just like you that can answer any question you might have on water for elephants.
Ana is the daughter of matthias, head scribe to herod antipas, tetrarch of galilee. Just to put it out there, ill admit straight off the bat that im one of the people who enjoyed this book. A meticulously researched, fastpaced, engaging and ultimately very satisfying novel set mostly ina depression era travelling circus. Instead, water for elephants begins more seamlessly, at a modernday circus with a nice old man just wanting a break from the rain. Water for elephants 2 hours and 00 minutes movie 2011 after his parents death, jacob jankowski is left penniless and homeless. People also love animals, and animals love them back. Surprising, poignant, and funny, water for elephants is that rare novel with a story so engrossing, one is reluctant to put it down. Apr 12, 2011 there is so much to love about sara gruens water for elephants, from the lush and magical setting of a 1930s circus, to the sweeping forbidden romance, to the heartbreaking recollections of narrator jacob jankowski. Water for elephants is a historical fiction novel because it tells of the main characters life at a past time in history. Water for elephants is told in the first person but from two different perspectivesjacob jankowski at 23 years of age and again, at 93 years old. It was a fast read which i always appreciate, because im perpetually drowning in a list of books tbr and it was fairly easy to get through. Sara gruens water for elephants is one of those rare novels, that will be read and reread, discussed and enjoyed for many years, by old and young alike. Readalikes are one of the many benefits of membership. David ledoux and john randolph jones jacob jankowski says.1613 1025 660 1577 1408 1483 836 878 732 633 740 1545 345 853 873 1630 1078 1143 1081 109 1036 624 74 606 721 900 1183 769 609 964 1332 936 1409