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Fanny Herself Paperback – April 12, 2001
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Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Worth the read for a voice on being a woman and being a Jew in an earlier American era. But more so, its value is that it is a well written charachter study and just a really great read. I wish I'd discovered her years ago and I'm excited to jump into her whole collection.
But this is also a novel about religious tolerance and the culture of the midwest during this period of history. Ferber is an acute, humorous, and precise observer of culture and behavior. Her eye for detail, and her ear for dialogue are apparent in the many plays and movies which she wrote. Her observations of the pleasures of growing up as a bright, curious, and Jewish girl in small town Wisconsin are both revealing, and amusing.
Ferber also writes tellingly of the dynamics of her family, a father who could not work, and had no business instincts; a mother who was proud, capable, and competent, unafraid of taking risks, and a sibling for whom much was sacrificed.
Perhaps the most interesting story in this novel evolves after Fanny leaves home and goes to work for a new, rapidly expanding, mail order catalog company based in Chicago. A thinly disquised version of the new and explosive company subsequently called Sears and Roebuck. Although this part of the story is fiction, the descriptions of Sears, how it operates, how it changed American business, it's management, and it's methods are excellent.Read more ›
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Best book I read this year! Completely relatable. Very difficult to put down. Expect a few tears.Published 14 months ago by J. Gordon
A good read but not as exciting as I thought it would be. I have read Edna Ferber's books before and this one did not meet the challenges as the others.Published 15 months ago by Lynn Marquis
Ferber writes pictures so real you can see both land nod city scapes and people. You would swear you know both these.Published 17 months ago by Connie Mckinney
Edna Ferber is probably much forgotten in today's society, but if half the authors pushing pablum to the masses could write with her clarity and insight and command of the word the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by M. Mason
It held my interest and I like Ferber's writing style. Plus reading a novel set in Wisconsin is always a treat.Published 22 months ago by Arlene Giljohann