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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
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it was amazing
bookshelves: own, historical-fiction

Jacob's life gets turned upside down after the death of his parents. He is a young man in his early twenties, who, on a whim, hops on a passing train during his time of loss and confusion. The train turns out to belong to a struggling circus, and Jacob lands himself a job with them. Jacob is a veterinarian, or, rather, an almost veterinarian. He knows animals though, and they need someone to care for the circus menagerie. While working with the circus, Jacob meets Marlena, the star performer of the circus equestrian act.

Told from Jacob's point of view. He is an old man, remembering his days with the circus. At first he is lost and meandering, but he finds his place among a group that he never would have imagined himself living and working with. He works with the animals, and is especially attached to an elephant. He has friends he cares about, and they care about him. He even finds love under the big top.

Beautifully written. Entertaining characters. The setting of a traveling circus during the Great Depression is captivating. Tragic, atmospheric, and romantic.
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March 10, 2017 – Shelved
August 31, 2018 – Started Reading
September 3, 2018 – Finished Reading

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j e w e l s such a beautiful book!


Darinda j e w e l s wrote: "such a beautiful book!"

Yes, it is!


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