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This is an auction for WATER FOR ELEPHANTS by Sara Gruen.

Amazon.com review:

“At the beginning of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS Jacob Jankowski is living out his days in a nursing home. His life wasn't always like this, however, because Jacob ran away and joined the circus when he was twenty-one. The circus he joins, in Depression-era America, is second-rate at best. With Ringling Brothers as the standard, Benzini Brothers is far down the scale and pale by comparison. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is the story of Jacob's life with this circus. Sara Gruen spares no detail in chronicling the squalid, filthy, brutish circumstances in which he finds himself. The animals are mangy, underfed or fed rotten food, and abused. Jacob, once it becomes known that he has veterinary skills, is put in charge of the "menagerie" and all its ills. The most interesting aspect of the book is all the circus lore that Gruen has so carefully researched. She has all the right vocabulary, and truly evokes the magic a circus can create. It is easy to see Marlena's and Rosie's pink sequins under the Big Top and to imagine their perfect choreography as they perform unbelievable stunts. The crowd loves it - and so will the reader. The ending is absolutely ludicrous and really quite lovely.”

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2007.

393 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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