Water for Elephants Unabridged (mp3/m4b音频+mobi) 792.68 MBs
Sara Gruen (Author)
Narrated by David LeDoux , John Randolph Jones
Jacob Jankowski says: “I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other.” At the beginning of Water for Elephants, he is living out his days in a nursing home, hating every second of it. His life wasn’t always like this, however, because Jacob ran away and joined the circus when he was twenty-one. It wasn’t a romantic, carefree decision, to be sure. His parents were killed in an auto accident one week before he was to sit for his veterinary medicine exams at Cornell. He buried his parents, learned that they left him nothing because they had mortgaged everything to pay his tuition, returned to school, went to the exams, and didn’t write a single word. He walked out without completing the test and wound up on a circus train. 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. Uncle Al, the circus impresario, is a self-serving, venal creep who slaps people around because he can. August, the animal trainer, is a certified paranoid schizophrenic whose occasional flights into madness and brutality often have Jacob as their object. Jacob is the only person in the book who has a handle on a moral compass and as his reward he spends most of the novel beaten, broken, concussed, bleeding, swollen and hungover. He is the self-appointed Protector of the Downtrodden, and… he falls in love with Marlena, crazy August’s wife. Not his best idea.
The most interesting aspect of the book is all the circus lore that Gruen has so carefully researched. She has all the right vocabulary: grifters, roustabouts, workers, cooch tent, rubes, First of May, what the band plays when there’s trouble, Jamaican ginger paralysis, life on a circus train, set-up and take-down, being run out of town by the “revenooers” or the cops, and losing all your hooch. There is one glorious passage about Marlena and Rosie, the bull elephant, that 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.
书籍中文简介(Translated by 百度翻译)：
David LeDoux、John Randolph Jones的叙述
大象的水是雅各伯与马戏团生活的故事。Sara Gruen在记录自己发现的肮脏、肮脏、野蛮的环境中没有任何细节。这些动物是肮脏的、不饱的或喂食腐烂的食物，并被滥用。雅各伯一旦知道他有兽医技术，就负责管理“动物园”及其所有的弊病。马戏团的Uncle Al是一个自私自利、贪得无厌的人，因为他能打电话给周围的人。奥古斯特，动物训练师，是一个被证明患有偏执狂的精神分裂症患者，偶尔会陷入疯狂和残暴的飞行中，他们的目标往往是雅各布。雅各布是这本书中唯一一个对道德指南针有把握的人，作为奖赏，他把小说的大部分时间都花在了殴打、破碎、震荡、流血、肿胀和宿醉上。他是被自封的被压迫者的保护者，他爱上了疯狂的八月份的妻子Marlena。不是他最好的主意。