In 2011, the film based upon Water for Elephants was released, starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. What drew me in the most was our flash forwards to 93-year-old or is it 90? An evil owner, Uncle Al, Blackie the enforcer, August, the mood-challenged and abusive supervisor of animals, and husband of Marlena, who performs with horses, and with whom Jacob is smitten. 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. It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. There is one glorious passage about Marlena and Rosie, the bull elephant, that truly evokes the magic a circus can create.
There is a wonderful image here of a hippo being paraded through town, even though it has already gone to meet its maker. May 26 Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. I have no idea if Gruen had any intention of making political observations, but here are a few things one might see in her work. While both tales are engaging, I did find the pacing to be somewhat slow. The harsh conditions are made even more unbearable at times, by the greedy manager, Uncle Al and his insane animal trainer, August. Unsurprisingly, writers seem liberated by imagining a spectacle where no comparison ever seems inflated, no development impossible. Some relationships in the story are based on illusion as well.
We then scoot ahead to the present. The animals are mangy, underfed or fed rotten food, and abused. The bond that grew among this group of misfits was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival. If you have elderly loved ones this is just another reason for you to pick up this book. Even so, Marlena's weakness didn't stop me from loving the book. Of course, nothing happened in this story and without love, with unreal intensity. The narrator, Jacob, sees the ringmaster murdered.
The bond that grew among this group of misfits was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival. Although much of the laughter was alcohol induced, during the height of the depression and prohibition, you took what you could get. Aimless and distraught, he climbs aboard a train that happens to be carrying the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, and inveigles a job as an animal doctor. There he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but brutal animal trainer. He has a much better handle on the whole biblical reference thing, and some nice non-biblical insights beyond. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. .
This remains one of my top 5 favorite books. Jacob Jankowski, now over ninety years old, looks back on that time of desperation, cruelty and prejudice, but at the same time, he recalls a magical atmosphere, the animals, the larger-than-life circus population, love, and, of course, a special elephant named Rosie. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. Rubes are still rubes, and you can still tell the performers from the workers. However, the reality of circus life during the Depression era was hard and painful.
And to my complete delight, it comes to a surprising and very satisfying conclusion. 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 nameit stars reese witherspoon robert pattinson and christoph waltz the film was released in the united states on april 22 2011 it received mixed reviews from film critics and grossed 117 million worldwide. The most interesting aspect of the book is all the circus lore that Gruen has so carefully researched. In order to accommodate less than a dozen performers, we will now have sixty-four working men sleeping under wagons on the flats. Water for Elephants is the story of a veterinarian who runs away and joins the circus during the Great Depression.
For any literature project, trust Novels for Studentsfor all of your research needs. Is there a parallel with the story of that earlier Jacob? There he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but brutal animal trainer. Every Bookclub-in-a-Box discussion guide includes complete coverage of the themes and symbols, writing style and interesting background information on the novel and the author. Thankfully, this is a very fast read. August, the animal trainer, is a certified paranoid schizophrenic whose occasional flights into madness and brutality often have Jacob as their object. Refresh Page if you Not Found The Books 4.
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. Trivia-on-Books is an independently curated trivia quiz on the book for readers, students, and fans alike. Being a huge animal rights activist and just all around animal lover, I knew that the animals probably weren't going to be treated very well seeing as 70 years ago animals in the circus were only taken care of as long as they were bringing in a profit, even then. The bond that grew among this group of misfits was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival. «Water for Elephants» by Sara Gruen is a story about Jacob Jankowski, a student vet at a prestigious University who, after the tragic death of their parents to trade their regular lives for stray and cling to a traveling circus as a vet, where he fully learned how much a pound is dashing. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie.
Jacob is helped by the elderly alcoholic, Camel, when he is newly on the bum and Jacob later returns the favor. A circus, per se, is involved in the business of illusion. Sara Gruen studied English literature at the University of Ottowa, before moving to the United States from Canada in 1999. While Water for Elephants may not be the greatest book on earth, it is a very engaging and entertaining page turner. The novel, told in flashback by nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski, recounts the wild and wonderful period he spent with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a traveling circus he joined during the Great Depression. 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.