Charlie enters the book in the secondtolast chapter and plays a small but pivotal role. Water for elephants is the story of jacobs life with this circus. Its from this nursing home that jacob tells his story, like he is looking back at all the adventures at the circus. In december 554 ad, the liang dynasty used armoured war elephants, carrying towers, against western wei. Elephantidae is the only surviving family of the order proboscidea. Water for elephants was adapted into a major motion picture starring reese. Because elephants eat so much, theyre increasingly coming into contact with humans. I understand that the elephants are brutally beaten. Books, stories, and novels like water for elephants by sara gruen. Trust us, water for elephants is going to be one of the surprise hits of 2011.
She is an animal lover who lives with her husband, three children, five cats, two goats, a dog, and a horse in an environmental community north of chicago. Water for elephants is an enchanting pageturner, the kind of book that creates a world that engulfs you from the first page to the last. May 09, 2011 a 42yearold asian elephant named tai most recently known for the role of rosie in foxs water for elephants was abused by its trainers in 2005, according to animal defenders international. The story is told as a series of memories by jacob jankowski, a 93yearold man who lives in a nursing home. Sara gruens very readable novel is a story of impossible love set in the circus world during the 1930s and is set to be made into a blockbuster film starring robert pattinson and reese witherspoon.
Young jacob is able to do whatever his heart desires including, jumping on. Elephants can wander great distances looking for enough food and water. It may seem all sequins and charm on the top but underneath there is something darker. Later in the book, it is suggested that he is a paranoid schizophrenic, to explain his violence. The setting of the story changes throughout the book.
Some african elephants are known to migrate as far as 35 miles a day in search of water. Gruen transports us into the world of a thirdrate traveling circus during the great depression. Water for elephants is a book that can be read and reread, recommended and handed off between friends. The title, water for elephants, is almost a little inside joke with the reader once weve finished the book, that is. If you liked water for elephants by sara gruen, here are some books like this. 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. What links here related changes upload file special pages permanent link page information wikidata item cite this page. Use these book club discussion questions on water for elephants to lead your book clubs conversation on the story. May 26, 2006 water for elephants, 2007, sara gruen water for elephants is a historical novel by sara gruen, written as part of national novel writing month. For starters, weve got forbidden love and adultery. Water for elephants is a rich surprise, a delightful gem springing from a fascinating footnote to history that absolutely deserved to be mined. Water for elephants is a story about an elderly man, jacob, who recalls an adventure in his younger years. Veterinary school student jacob meets and falls in love with marlena, a star. Oct 21, 2009 overall, water for elephants was a book that grabbed me from the beginning.
The family elephantidae also contains several nowextinct groups, including the. I decided to not watch the movie when i heard it was coming out simply because i didnt want to possibly ruin the experience id had with the book if the movie wasnt uptopar. Overall, water for elephants was a book that grabbed me from the beginning. As excitement for the movie builds, sales of the book are skyrocketing once again, with more than 800,000 copies shipped by publisher algonquin within the last month. The denver post so compelling, so detailed and vivid, that i couldnt bear to be torn away from it for a single minute.
Just to put it out there, ill admit straight off the bat that im one of the people who enjoyed this book. African elephant, facts and photos national geographic. Water for elephants is a historical novel by sara gruen, written as part of national novel writing. She wrote the book as part of national novel writing month.
Jacob and marlena simmer with sexual tension for about the first threequarters of the text. Elephants use their trunks to help them lift up food, and they also use them to suck up water and pour it into their mouth. Water for elephants elephant was abused in 2005, says. The animals are mangy, underfed or fed rotten food, and abused. Based on the acclaimed bestseller, water for elephants presents an unexpected romance in a uniquely compelling setting.
Water for elephants, 2007, sara gruen water for elephants is a historical novel by sara gruen, written as part of national novel writing month. With its spotlight on elephants, gruens romantic pageturner hinges on the humananimal bonds that drove her debut and its sequel riding. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Young jacob is able to do whatever his heart desires including, jumping on moving trains and fighting for the women he loves. She demonstrates an exceptional aptitude for writing, and matthias, for a time, indulges her with reed pens, papyri, and other 16 c. These book club discussion questions reveal important details about water for elephants by sara gruen. To ask other readers questions about water for elephants, please sign up. Every few chapters, the narrative switches from one jacob to the other. Water for elephants is a love story, with a triangle at its center. Sara gruens first novel, riding lessons, was published in 2004. But be warned, this isnt the order of events in the book. I hate being so enamored with a book and then a crappy movie version comes along and tarnishes it. Elephants are mammals of the family elephantidae and the largest existing land animals.
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. Although i wanted more emotion between marlena and jacob, its a romantic story, full of action, love for animals and a magnificent circus. 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. Water for elephants by sara gruen is a must read a story about a 90yearold man remembering his days with a circus during the great depression. Jul 23, 2018 water for elephants by sara gruen is a must read a story about a 90yearold man remembering his days with a circus during the great depression. Sara gruen has written an utterly transporting novel richly full of the stuff of life. Water for elephants was adapted into a major motion picture starring reese witherspoon, rob pattinson, and. Water for elephants is an excellent novel depicting railroad circus life during the early part of the 20th century. What are the main conflicts in sara gruens novel water for. Book recommendations for people who like water for elephants by sara gruen.
I didnt really feel the love between the characters because they were so two dimensional. The small, nomadic herd of mali elephants migrates in a circular route through the desert in search of water. Water for elephants is the new york times bestselling debut novel by sara gruen. Sara gruen spares no detail in chronicling the squalid, filthy, brutish circumstances in which he finds himself.
Water for elephants has two plots going on, both starring the same main character, jacob. The book, water for elephants, starts off in the present day, in a nursing home where the main character, jacob jankowski, lives. With robert pattinson, reese witherspoon, christoph waltz, paul schneider. Author interview sara gruen, author of water for elephants. A novel of starcrossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932. Water for elephants by sara gruen at the best online ebook storage. The author, sara gruen allows readers to read the book from two perspectives, one from young jacob and the other from older presentday jacob. Apr 22, 2011 because of this, water for elephants is one of those few magical times when a movie is better than the book it is based on, when all the little details that generally engender people to love a. In one plot, jacob is a young guy just starting out in the world. Water for elephants ebook by sara gruen rakuten kobo. Both female and male african elephants have tusks which they use to help find and dig for food. How does water for elephants connect with real life.
Water for elephants is a historical novel by sara gruen, written as part of national novel writing month. Sara gruens arresting new novel, water for elephants, explores similar subject matter the pathetic grandeur of the depressionera circus. Her works have been translated into fortythree languages and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. As the sadistic august, waltz simmers with alternating charm and viciousness two qualities he perfected in his oscarwinning turn in inglourious basterds. The state of chu used elephants in 506 bc against wu by tying torches to their tails and sending them into the ranks of the enemy soldiers, but the attempt failed. Elephants were used for warfare in china by a small handful of southern dynasties. The prologue features a younger version of jacob, who works at a circus and. So i purchased the book and slowly began retreating. With gruens bestselling book as his source material here, lawrence concentrates on more domestic horrors missing in his other films. The story is told by its main character, jacob who is now confined to. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of water for elephants by sara gruen.
Water for elephants, which has sold more than 4 million copies to date, was a surprise hit by a littleknown author when it was first published in 2006. A 42yearold asian elephant named tai most recently known for the role of rosie in foxs water for elephants was abused by its trainers in 2005, according to. I fell in love with the picture you chose for your book the first time i saw it. Water for elephants is one of my most favorite books. Water for elephants was adapted into a major motion picture starring reese witherspoon, rob pattinson, and christoph waltz. Asian elephants are endangered due to loss of habitat because of increasing human populations in asia.89 1335 156 1511 611 652 521 468 812 276 821 1427 54 634 1467 354 563 12 145 650 1125 967 909 887 865 863 750 205 1525 1487 1104 1351 1232 222 895 658 1364 130 328 1039 1310 746 1056