This is the discussion post for chapters 16-25 as well as any final thoughts you may have regarding this novel.
In the Author’s Note, Gruen writes that many of the details in the story are factual or come from circus workers’ anecdotes. These true stories include the hippo pickled in formaldehyde, the deceased fat lady being paraded through town and an elephant who repeatedly pulled out her stake and stole lemonade. Gruen did extensive research before writing Water for Elephants. Was her story believable?
Are you satisfied with the end?
(Discussion questions from About.com)