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A strange but beautiful combination of animals, romance, and historical fiction, Water For Elephants tells the story of a man who starts off as a Cornell University veterinary student and ends as a tired, old, former circus member. When 90-something Jacob Jankowski hears the circus is in town, it brings him back to his younger years, when he traveled the country working for the circus.

It’s where he regained control of his life after his parents died. It’s where he fell in love with an elephant named Rosie, who went on to become a his personal pet. And it’s also where he met the love of life, Marlena. Jacob relives these memories by telling his story to a current employee of the circus.

The movie Water For Elephants stays close to Sara Gruen’s beloved book — particularly with the 1930’s circus memories section. The only place the movie veers…

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