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Post by Techforums123 » 25 May 2011, 07:00

Water for Elephants is an historical novel by Sara Gruen. Gruen originally wrote the novel as part of National Novel Writing Month.

The story is told as a series of memories by Jacob Jankowski, a "ninety or ninety-three year-old" man who lives in a nursing home. Jacob is told what to eat and what to do.

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Post by Melaniep » 31 May 2011, 11:54

I couldn't put this book down. That being said, I'm not sure how much I actually enjoyed it. One reason for this is Marlena. Jacob was completely enthralled with her from the moment he saw her. But Gruen never really explained why. What made her so great? I don't see it, which kind of made me feel like he was taking all these risks for nothing more than lust.

Rosie was definitely my favorite character. So intelligent, playful, loyal. Because of my feelings towards Rosie, I found it really hard to read about August's treatment of her. I actually just skipped ahead when those scenes came around, I couldn't handle it.

I didn't care for Camel at all. But mainly I think that's because I'm jaded by alcoholics in general. So when something bad happens to them because of their addictions, I tend to not feel sorry for them.

Walter, on the other hand, I loved. Of course he was pissed off in the beginning, who wouldn't be? But his character grew a lot in the book. I quit seeing him as a dwarf clown who was angry at the world, and instead saw an intelligent, loyal friend.

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Post by Gatsby'sGreenLight » 01 Jun 2011, 20:10

Butterbescotch wrote:@Gatsby

Yea, audiobook was great. Although, the old Jacob's voice was good but I really hate the sound of nagging and complaining person. ha ha. So whenever it's his turn, I just read the book to myself and turn on the audiobook if its the young Jacob. :lol: :lol:
I agree. It was a little gruff, but I liked his kind of "I'm old, so piss off" attitude. It really brings the characters and stories to life.


Butterbescotch wrote:Although, I don't feel the same about cramming the details. You see, I haven't been into a circus and the way Sara Gruen presents it, I have a pretty good idea what's it like.

Have you seen the movie-adaptation?
I think it is really interesting that you are reading it having never been to a circus before. That is a perspective I didn't consider since I have been to modern day circuses (the dreaded Ringling Bros - don't tell!)
I haven't seen the movie version yet - it just went through theaters here and I couldn't get anyone to go with me. I have to anxiously wait until video - sigh. Did you see it? How was it?

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Post by Butterbescotch » 02 Jun 2011, 02:05

Melaniep

Yes, Rosie was the star both for the book and the movie, at least for me. However, there is one point I don't understand: Elephants have sharp memory and when August fed Rosie after days of beating her, Rosie gladly accepts. Even Jacob wondered: "How could she forget?"

Gatsby

Honestly, I had trouble deciding whether I like the book or not. Since I read the book first, the excitement kind of died. There wasn't really much difference between the movie and book except, as for me, the visual presentation of the circus performance.

There wasn't a heart-throbbing performance except the actor who plays August. Man, he is tough. Seriously, I'm confused.

Anyways, if you want to read here's my review: http://magicoficecream.wordpress.com/20 ... ts-movie-r eview/
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Post by Evapohler » 03 Jun 2011, 08:02

Thank you for posting on my blog. I tweeted the url to your movie review. I just now see that Butterbe and magicoficecream are the same person.

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Post by Butterbescotch » 03 Jun 2011, 08:34

Thanks Eva. I appreciate it. But do you mind posting your twitter account or put up an email subscription to your blog so I can keep up with your posts?

Let me know.
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Post by Cowboy14 » 25 Jun 2011, 12:47

i have it on my collection ........ and this my one of the best collection,,,,,,,........

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Post by Denysaputra » 01 Jul 2011, 04:27

Hi all, no inspiration for this month. Any suggestion please?

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Post by Clothbottom1 » 14 Jul 2011, 01:42

Good but Not for my age of people O think its good for children when I told them stories. Thanks for the book Sara

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Post by Butterbescotch » 10 Aug 2011, 00:07

I am not so sure about that Clothbottom1. There are some adult scenes your children might find eerie.
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Post by Russellc » 18 Aug 2011, 23:55

The pages of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen burst with rich descriptions and action. You will be drawn into the world of ringmasters, elephants and sideshows. You will also experience the world of nursing homes and old age. You will not want to put Water for Elephants down, and when it is over, you will want more.

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Post by LifeinTN » 22 Oct 2011, 17:59

I'm going to have to look this book up.

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Post by Nhocngamy » 24 Oct 2011, 11:01

ok i think so

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Post by Tugzmckenzie » 06 Jan 2012, 11:29

Melaniep wrote: Jacob was completely enthralled with her from the moment he saw her. But Gruen never really explained why. What made her so great? I don't see it, which kind of made me feel like he was taking all these risks for nothing more than lust.


I felt the same about Jacob and his feelings towards Marlena, until he saw her perform with her horses for the first time. Her beauty, elegance, grace, and above all, love for her horses turned his adolescent crush into unmistakable love.

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Post by wingshockeygal » 19 Jan 2012, 18:59

Tugzmckenzie wrote:
Melaniep wrote: Jacob was completely enthralled with her from the moment he saw her. But Gruen never really explained why. What made her so great? I don't see it, which kind of made me feel like he was taking all these risks for nothing more than lust.


I felt the same about Jacob and his feelings towards Marlena, until he saw her perform with her horses for the first time. Her beauty, elegance, grace, and above all, love for her horses turned his adolescent crush into unmistakable love.
This is something I had an issue with in this book. Suddenly, Jacob was announcing he was in love with her with little interaction and no explanation as to why. By the time he saw her perform for the first time, he was already in love with her. It made the "happily ever after" hard for me to believe.

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