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Water for Elephants: A Novel

Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen "A vividly described book that plays with your emotion. You will not know who to feel more sorry for." No, seriously. I don't know who to feel more sorry for. There's Jacob, an aspiring veteranarian student at Cornell, who finds out in the first chapter that his father died, and not only that but because of the depression for the past two years his father had been taking care of animals in exchange for beans... and perhaps chicken, it's a bit hazy. and much like most of us, Jacob runs away from his problems, or should I say jumps away? He literally jumps on board a train and joins a circus, where he finds that that the equestrian director is abusive towards animals and employees. And not only that, poor Jacob falls in love with his wife, Marlena. And then there's Marlena, a performer for the circus. She, of course, is Jacob's immediate love interest. Why do I feel sorry for Marlena? Because she married a paranoid schizophrenic, and when she find out and wanted to runaway her parents had claimed that "she was dead to them," because she married a Jew and ran away with the circus. and no matter how much pain is caused to her, she remains faithful (for the most part). And later in the novel, after she lets Jacob fuck her senseless she realizes that she is pregnant... with Jacob's baby August as abusive he is towards everyone, it's not like he can help it... he is a paranoid schizophrenic after all I've never been more conflicted with the level of sympathy I feel for characters