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Water for Elephants Book

Water for Elephants” is a book written by Sara Gruen, first published in 2006. Set during the Great Depression, the story follows Jacob Jankowski, a young man who abandons his veterinary studies at Cornell University after a family tragedy and joins a traveling circus.

Water for Elephants Book Summary

The story alternates between two timelines: the present-day narrative, where elderly Jacob resides in a nursing home, and the past, recounting his experiences with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

In the past, Jacob’s life takes a dramatic turn when he jumps onto a train, only to realize it’s a circus train. He’s soon taken under the wing of August, the circus’s ruthless yet charismatic animal trainer, and Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August.

As Jacob becomes integrated into circus life, he witnesses both its magical allure and its darker underbelly. He forms a bond with Rosie, an elephant deemed stupid and untrainable by August, but whom Jacob realizes is simply misunderstood. Together, Jacob and Marlena develop a deep connection fueled by their shared passion for the animals and a growing attraction.

However, tension escalates as August’s cruelty and possessiveness intensify, leading to volatile situations and eventual tragedy. Jacob must navigate the complexities of love, loyalty, and survival within the confines of the circus.

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