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Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski's ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filled with freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a world with its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way of death. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a living hell. Jacob was there because his luck had run out-orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive "ship of fools." It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in this third-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, a handsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was there because she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be the salvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn't have an act-in fact, she couldn't even follow instructions. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival. Surprising, poignant, and funny, Water for Elephants is that rare novel with a story so engrossing, one is reluctant to put it down; with characters so engaging, they continue to live long after the last page has been turned; with a world built of wonder, a world so real, one starts to breathe its air.

虽然雅各绝口不谈往事,但一个说不出口的秘密仍旧蛰伏在他九十多岁的心灵深处。雅各衣食无忧的单 纯生活在23岁时戛然而止:父母双亡,身无分文,被迫从兽医名校肆业出逃。因缘际会,他成为“班齐尼兄弟天下第一大马戏团”的兽医,沿着铁路线巡回表演, 亲历了1930年代美国大萧条时期最光怪陆离之所。马戏团,一个对生与死都以其独特方式呈现的世界。在这里,畸型人与小丑轮流献艺,喜怒哀乐同时上演。对雅各而言,马戏团是他的救赎,但却也是人间的炼狱,是他梦想的驻扎之地,也是流离失所的开始……他爱上了马戏团明星玛莲娜——美丽又楚楚可怜的玛莲娜已经 错嫁给了外表英俊、内心残暴的马戏总监奥古斯特。一头名叫萝西的大象,是马戏团主倾家荡产押下的法宝,却居然连最简单的命令也无法听懂。低鸣、哀哭、长嚎,萝西每日在奥古斯特残暴的象钩下受尽折磨。雅各、玛莲娜,萝西,两人一象在舞动、飞跃、空翻、转体的一个个光辉耀眼的瞬间里,为了斗争、蚕食、生存, 相互依赖与信任,一起寻找一条既浪漫又骇人的出路。而这也成为雅各保守了七十年的秘密。关于甜美背后的残酷、多舛的命运和复杂的人性以及忠心耿耿的爱。《大象的眼泪》以大萧条时期的马戏团为背景,时空跨越七十年,让我们感受到萧条时期最炫目的华丽,困顿景况里最动人的温暖。

By Sara Gruen, Paperback, Simplified Chinese characters, 352 pages, 8.25"x5.75"
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