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Initial post: Aug 11, 2006 9:32:35 PM PDT
David Housel says:
What is the meaning of the title? How are or how were elephants watered in the times of the book..understand the book references, but how were they watered?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2006 1:37:15 AM PDT
Lilly Flora says:
Why don't you read it and find out? There's no better way find out

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2006 6:12:48 PM PST
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JB says:
Why don't you both read The Silk Princess by Penelope Dyan and Parthian Retreat by Jack Adler--how did this post get here anyway?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2006 6:04:20 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2006 7:05:10 PM PST
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JB says:
Why are you so obsessed with me? What you are doing is weird. I thought the discussion was on historical fiction, excuse me; but read Parthian Retreat and then tell me it has nothing to do with religious concepts. Surprise!!! It does! Both books hit on religious, philospohical ideas which I supposed had to do with these subjects, so I still recommend Silk Princess and Parthian Retreat, and I will add Seres Sanctuary to these recommendations as it is on the same bent--- You must be the author of the Elephant book. Sorry to offend you. I think there are plenty of books of interest for everyone to read. I am now out of your one person discussion. Lilly, you need to calm down and enjoy.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2006 1:30:52 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2010 7:09:42 PM PST
J. Nelson says:
The title refers to authenticity of the circus experience. In the book, a man claims to have carried buckets of "water for elephants" but the protagonist knows by this statement that the man never worked for the circus -- elephants need so much water that it would be impossible to give them enough by merely bringing buckets of it.

Posted on Mar 13, 2010 6:14:41 AM PST
Jacquie says:
J. Nelson answered the question that David Housel asked. Water For Elephants is a very good story - a good read. If you like it then try Modoc. Along the same vein only non-fiction. I loved both of these books.

Posted on Mar 13, 2010 1:14:49 PM PST
C. Sachs says:
J. Nelson got it right.
And it is a good book. And I doubted it would be because it's so popular.

Posted on Mar 13, 2010 5:10:04 PM PST
Kit says:
Elephants would be watered by taking them to a watering hole, tank, pool, etc.

(Although I guess you probably *could* bring them buckets of water all day and all night. It would be about like bringing a human a whole bunch of little sips of water. Lots of unnecessary work, when you could just do it the right way to begin with.)

(I haven't read the book, and I'm grateful to J. Nelson for the explanation. But I notice I'm the first person to mention how one actually *does* provide water for elephants [for real] [although it sounds like what's more relevant in the book title was the claim of having done it in a silly, nonsensical way, therefore you know that what he's saying is nonsense...if you know that carrying the water in buckets is not how it's done.) (Came into this thread because I was just curious. ^_^) (Curiosity was framed, an 18-wheeler killed the cat [source...someone else's online list of quotes, mostly from her own friends and family]. [My theory is that the cat was probably curious ABOUT the 18-wheeler. ^_~])

C. Sachs...I've also noticed that it's surprising when popular stuff turns out to be good. (Or, as someone once told me in an email, "If everyone else is doing it, we don't" [his family, that is] [guess they didn't mind using email, though ^_~].)
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