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As a young man Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression and for Jacob now ninety the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena the beautiful equestrian star married to August the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust and ultimately it was their only hope for survival.

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    I thought this was a wonderful book. From the moment I opened it until the moment I closed it, I could not put it down. After finishing this one, I went and got another of her books.

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    Made me want to run away and join the circus. I now want to save all the elephants in the world. Sara Gruen is such an amazing author, as soon as I finished this book, I downloaded another one of her books!!

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    One of my favourite books of all time. I really loved the ending, which was heart-warming.

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    Water for Elephants

    I enjoyed reading this book. I learned from it what circus life was like for employees and it gave me a good background as to alot of the goings on behind the scenes. It was a very educational read that will remain with me.

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    Wonderful

    Gripping and exciting. I loved this book and all the characters. I remember wanting to run away with the circus when I was a kid lol

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