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Since it was first published in 2006, Water for Elephants has become a phenomenon. With over 5 million copies in print, versions in virtually every language and the hit major movie, this book club favourite has carved its own place in publishing history. It’s a rich and deeply satisfying piece of story telling with a wonderful sense of time and place which is winning new fans every day.
Water for Elephants is the Depression-era tale of Jacob Jankowski, a young vet student recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, who jumps onto a passing train and enters a wonder of freaks, grifters and misfits. The Benzini Brothers most spectacular show on earth is a second rate travelling circus struggling to survive, making one night stands in town after endless town.
Jacob is put in charge of the circus menagerie and it’s there he meets Marlena the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, August her dominating husband and circus trainer and Rosie – the circus elephant only Jacob can reach.
Daisy Waugh, Tatler _
The most magical, haunting novel I’ve read in the past few years.
Gruen brilliantly conjures up the whole brouhaha of herding punters into the temporary magic of the big top, and the harsh economic reality of sustaining the show. Both exotic and erotic, Water for Elephants is filled with colour and passion but is also charged with an elegiac sense of loss for an entire way of life.
The movie starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz is now out on DVD. Watch the Water for Elephants trailer below.
Watch the international trailer below.
Sara Gruen lives in Western North Carolina with her family, four cats, two dogs, two horses and a goat. Her latest novel is Ape House. She is currently at work on her new novel.
- Sara Gruen
- Water for Elephants movie fan site
- Watch the Borders Book Club discuss Water for Elephants with Sara Gruen
- Sara Gruen’s favourite books
- Pictures of the Circus: The Circus 1870-1950 (Taschen) YouTube Trailer – brilliant images of a lost world
- The Ringling Circus Museum
- A talk with Sara Gruen on The Book Smugglers blogsite