From my understanding of both works, the only clear connection is the theme of deception. With its spotlight on elephants, gruens romantic pageturner hinges on the humananimal bonds that drove her debut and its sequel riding lessons and flying changesbut without the mass appeal. He starts narrating the story, but suddenly you realize you are reading young jacob while being at the circus. But first he checks on silver star, who still doesnt look good. Overall, water for elephants was a book that grabbed me from the. Read water for elephants absolutely for free at readanybook. Then gruen shifts readers attention away from the eerie circus to introduce the ninety or ninetythree year old protagonist, jacob jankowski. Use these book club discussion questions on water for elephants to lead your book clubs conversation on the story.
In one plot, jacob is a young guy just starting out in the world. Water for elephants by sara gruen at the best online ebook storage. Water for elephants, 2007, sara gruen water for elephants is a historical novel by sara gruen, written as part of national novel writing month. Gruen transports us into the world of a thirdrate traveling circus during the great depression. What song plays when there is trouble at the circus. Beautifully written, water for elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. Water for elephants was adapted into a major motion picture starring reese witherspoon, rob pattinson, and christoph waltz. Jacob jankowski is the main character in the book, water for elephants. Enhancements were made to more precisely measure materials read in k2 classrooms. All 63 characters in water for elephants are listed by chapter with character descriptions included. She wrote the book as part of national novel writing month. So much more than a tale about a circus, water for elephants is a compelling journey not only under the big top, but into the protagonists heart. She lives in western north carolina with her husband and three sons, along with their dogs, cats, horses, birds, and the worlds fussiest goat. Water for elephants resembles stealth hits like the giants house, by elizabeth mccracken, or the lovely bones, by alice sebold, books that combine outrageously whimsical premises with crowdpleasing romanticism.
With a showmans expert timing, gruen saves a terrific revelation for the final pages, transforming a glimpse of. Trust us, water for elephants is going to be one of the surprise hits of 2011. Water for elephants by sara gruen free kindle books. Water for elephants is the new york times bestselling debut novel by sara gruen. Stream and download audiobooks to your computer, tablet or mobile phone. Water for elephants is a historical novel by sara gruen, written as part of national novel writing month jacob janowskis luck had run out. Back in his quarters, he discovers he has a new shirt to wear and puts it on. The story is told as a series of memories by jacob jankowski, a 93yearold man who lives in a nursing home. Water for elephants is one of my most favorite books.
Jacob heads back to his sleeping quarters on the train. Water for elephants lexile find a book metametrics inc. Find books like water for elephants from the worlds largest community of readers. Goodreads members who liked water for elephants also liked. May 01, 2007 water for elephants was adapted into a major motion picture starring reese witherspoon, rob pattinson, and christoph waltz in 2011. Apr 22, 2011 8 big differences between water for elephants book and movie apr. Her works have been translated into fortythree languages and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading water for elephants. The water s got a name on it, walter, but august says jacob can go ahead and use it.
As a consequence, it is not surprising that the annual cycle of monsoon rains in the weather pattern of asia plays a major role in determining where elephants live and why they move from place to place throughout the. Oct 21, 2009 but what i liked more was the writing. So, i read the story of jacob, son of isaac who was the son of abraham, who almost sacrificed isaac. Download and read online for free water for elephants by sara gruen. Mar 01, 2011 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. Stories similar to water for elephants books, stories, and novels like water for elephants by sara gruen. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Jacob is ninetythree year old and is looking back on his adventures in life while he spends his days in a nursing home. May 22, 2006 listen to water for elephants audiobook by sara gruen. The denver post so compelling, so detailed and vivid, that i couldnt bear to be torn away from it for a single minute. Jacob decieving first his brother, then his father. Water for elephants movie tiein by sara gruen, paperback. 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.
Tessa fontaines astonishing memoir of pushing past fear, the electric woman, follows the author on a lifeaffirming journey of loss and selfdiscovery through her time on the road with the last traveling american sideshow and her relationship with an adventurous, spirited mother. Books that perform well based on their reader engagement are published by inkitt in different formats and channels. Supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. Jacob jankowski, a retired veterinarian living out his days in an assistedliving facility, drifts in and out of his memories. Thriftbooks sells millions of used books at the lowest everyday prices. Although the vast majority of books that have lexile measures did not change, a small subset of books required updated lexile measures. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Water for elephants is a story about an elderly man, jacob, who. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford.
Inspire lifelong reading with ageappropriate books every month best baby shower books to gift for storytime snuggles 14 daisy buchanan quotes from the great gatsby. Only days before graduating from vet school in 1931, young jake learns his parents have died and left him penniless. Initially, kinko is a grouchy, condescending performer a dwarf who wants nothing to do with jacob. Water for elephants is the new york times bestselling debut novel. Water for elephants characters listed with descriptions. 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. Water for elephants begins dark and violent as it braces readers for the tumultuous circus atmosphere during the terrible years of the great depression. Water for elephants is an exciting, engaging pageturner. Water for elephants 2011 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more.
Water for elephants a depressionera circus provides the backdrop for sara gruens latest novel, water for elephants. Many products and services offer lexile measures for their books and reading materials. Elephants need to drink approximately 40 gallons of water each day. Sara gruen is the internationally bestselling author of water for elephants and at the water s edge. Jacob jankowski, who is currently ninety or ninetytwo, tells the story of how he left his ivy league training as a vet and. But his character develops, and we learn that he may be a dwarf, but he has a giant heart. All dressed, he starts investigating kinkos book collection. Mar 18, 2008 i read that the story of jacob is allegedly the backbone of water for elephants. At first he doesnt even let jacob call him by his real name. Water for elephants has two plots going on, both starring the same main character, jacob. Kinko then says he can call him walter like all his friends do. Jul 20, 2010 sara gruen is the internationally bestselling author of water for elephants and at the water s edge. Kinko offers jacob a book to read, which jacob appreciates. Character profile for kinkowalter from water for elephants.
Water for elephants is a historical novel by sara gruen, written as part of national novel writing month. Sara gruen uses her talent as a writer to bring that world alive for the reader. These animals drink water by using their long trunks, and an adult elephant can drink about 200 litres of water per day, which can sometimes be drunk during a single visit to a water source. Water for elephants is a rich surprise, a delightful gem springing from a fascinating footnote to history that absolutely deserved to be mined. I hate being so enamored with a book and then a crappy movie version comes along and tarnishes it. Water for elephants in an extravagant gamble worthy of the fictional benzini brothers circus itself, fox gives sara gruens grassroots bestseller water for elephants the glossy, bigbudget. With a showmans expert timing, gruen saves a terrific revelation for the final pages, transforming a glimpse of americana. Walter starts out as jacobs enemy and ends up as his friend. So an ample water supply is critical for any elephant group. Jacobs story begins at cornell university where he is studying to come a vet. May 30, 2016 elephants tend to stay near water sources but they can smell water from five kilometres away. A national bestseller in canada and a new york times bestseller in the united states, this is a book destined to become a beloved fiction classic. Once jacob earns the right to use walter s real name, things start to change. Classroom ideas posted april 12, 2011 by sara novel novice 5 comments there is so much to love about sara gruens water for elephants, from the lush and magical setting of a 1930s circus, to the sweeping forbidden romance, to the heartbreaking recollections of narrator jacob jankowski.926 866 476 243 1296 1028 259 42 333 1225 908 1065 1029 207 1646 387 1137 600 869 1623 216 1064 1593 1369 512 599 1205 1298 614 84 107 660 697 742 199 309 1453 930 1450 1016 1448 275 1254 1416 650 1433 1408 157 984