Water for Elephants () - Plot Summary - IMDbWater for Elephants is the touching story of Jacob Jankowski, a ninety-three-year-old man, who is reminded of his colorful past when a circus sets up next door to his assisted-living center. When Jacob overhears a man at the assisted-living center claim to have been a water boy for the elephants on a circus, Jacob knows the man is lying because Jacob himself once worked as a vet on a traveling circus. The lie causes Jacob to spend much of his time remembering his colorful past, wishing he could move back in time and return to those days of camaraderie and excitement. It is a story of coming of age, of facing the realities of death, and living despite it all. Water for Elephants is an adventure for readers of all ages. Jacob Jankowski lives in an assisted-living facility. Jacob believes his predicament is in part due to the fact that his children are too busy with their own lives to take on the complication of caring for Jacob's needs.
Water for Elephants- Book Review
Water for Elephants Summary & Study Guide
Drum roll: Rosie the elephant works better than Ex-Lax! But on to the book now. In addition to Jacob Jankowski's "love affair" with Rosie the elephant and a noticeably less sweet affair with Marlena-the-bland-chick we get a parallel story of J. In addition to Jacob Jankowski's "love affair" with Rosie the elephant and a noticeably less sweet affair with Marlena-the-bland-chick we get a parallel story of Jacob the old guy who is ninety. Or ninety-three. The latter was the part of the book that I loved.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. The story in this novel is told as a series of memories by a ninety-three year old man called Jacob Jankowski. Jacob lives in a nursing home where every moment of his life is controlled by the staff, and he is told what to eat, what to do and how his day will be spent. When his memories begin, we are introduced to twenty three year old Jacob, a Polish American preparing for his finals at Cornell University where he is studying veterinary medicine. He receives the devastating news that his parents have been killed in a car accident. Jacob's father was a veterinarian and Jacob had planned to join him in the practice after graduation.
The story is told as a series of memories by Jacob Jankowski, a year-old man who lives in a nursing home. Jacob is told what to eat and what to do. As the memories begin, Jacob is a year-old Polish American preparing for his final exams as a Cornell University veterinary student when he receives the devastating news that his parents died in a car accident. Jacob's father was a veterinarian and Jacob had planned to join his practice. When Jacob learns that his parents' home has been mortgaged to pay for his tuition and is not to become his, he has a breakdown and leaves his Ivy League school just short of graduation. In the dark of night, he jumps on a train, a circus train belonging to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.
Jacob at the Circus
Water for Elephants has two plots going on, both starring the same main character, Jacob. In one plot, Jacob is a young guy just starting out in the world; in the other, he's an old guy stuck at a nursing home. Every few chapters, the narrative switches from one Jacob to the other. This could get confusing. To make sure everything's clear, we're going to lay it all out for you separately.