Circus tale full of magic - Water for Elephants (M)

I HAVE had friends urging me to read Sara Gruen’s novel Water for Elephants for some time now, but the film came first. And in a way I’m glad. It came as such a pleasant surprise that I would have hated to have had it pre-empted. 

The film begins with a tale told in the past by Jacob (Hal Holbrook) to Charlie (Paul Schneider), the manager of a circus.

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