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"A powerful story...truly as big as its subject."--"Los Angeles Times"Her vocabulary is rich and vital; she sees material objects with a penetrating and delightful vision."--"New York Tribune"Miss Ferber at her best, and that's very good indeed."--"St. Louis Globe-Democrat

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Product Details

  • Series: Perennial Classics
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (August 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060956704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060956707
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
I loved the movie Giant, but was bowled over by the book. Ferber is a first-rate storyteller-- each character is appropriately developed and the language and phrasing are amazing. The landscape imagery is fantastic, but Ferber's genius is in describing--both visually and in the narrative--the delicate social structure that is the underpinning of the entire plot.
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To be honest, I'm one of the guys, who watches a movie and reads the novel it is based on afterwards. In the case of "Giant" this turned out to be a terrible mistake. I was more than happy, when I finally reached the book's end. But the fact, that George Steven's screen adaptation is that big, should not take you away from reading this novel.

Ferber painstickingly tells the story of Texas, from its very beginnings to the oil boom. Altogether, the book spans about three decades,from the years after WW1 to the industrial boom of the 1950's, but several interludes give you an insight about the history of the state. I personally think, that you have to read this book to understand single details in the movie and get closer impressions about the characters. While watching the movie, one always wonders, why Uncle Bawley is so much different than the other Benedicts. The novel will answer you this one and many other questions.

In fact, one can only be surprised, how true the movie is to the novel. Although some scene settings have been changed to fit with the length of the movie, the film captures almost every single dialogue contained in the book. One can arguably say, that Ferber needs many pages to deal with a single problem (and she has already dealt with this one in other works like "Show Boat"), racism, but hey, it has taken a long time and it will take some time until this problem is finally solved.

The novel (and the film) do not always portray a sunny side of the Texian population of that period, but somehow the whole story got a landmark of the state and Dimtri Tiomkin's music for the movie is a kind of a Texian hymn. In my mind, this is one of the true highlights of 20TH century literature.
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Having enjoyed the Elizabeth Taylor/James Dean/Rock Hudson film, I decided to read a wonderful old first edition of this novel and was thoroughly engrossed from cover to cover. Different in many ways from the motion picture but still a treat for its fans, the book is as much a glimpse into the evolution of 20th century Texas as it is a family soap opera. Strangely, it is even more of a love story between the Leslie & Jordan Benedict characters, who are its central characters.

Definitely a great, timeless read regardless of whether or not you've seen the film.
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I recently became a huge fan of the story Giant by Edna Ferber. First I viewed the film version, which I purchased from Amazon. I watched it at least five times....what a great epic film. The scenes filmed in Marfa Texas rival the scenes in Lawrence Of Arabia. I then decided to read the original novel. I immediately checked into Amazon and found a first edition for a very very reasonable price. Well, the movie is as close as a movie could be to a book. It's very interesting to see how the film producers adapted the story to the screen. Ms. Ferber was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her brilliant writing.
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There are books and there are classics. Edna Ferber was a classic author with this one and although she participated in seeing it to the film starring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean, her better work was in the book itself... but then, there my imagination got to play with and truly see, feel what this story was all about. The Rancher from a long line of Ranchers, The Debutante from Back East City Life, and The Dreamer of Big Things, Lacking Means to Reach Them. A story of love. Love for the Land. Love for Another. Love of Wealth. A story of Sacrifice. Sacrifice personal for professional success. Sacrifice of comforts well known, for devotion and love. Sacrifice of pride to overcome poverty, adversity. A story of loyalty. Loyalty to the past, present, and future. A story of Journeys and Generations. It was a grand film, but as in most cases of books to films, the book is simply better. Ferber gets a ball rolling, the story itself sweeps one up and carries one away... And while I don't think one can read it in 3 1/2 hours (the length of the feature film, give or take), it is an adventure in an industrious time where no one would, could stop an American Dream, as it would seem today, some (particularly politicians and evil terrorists) are want to do.
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Edna Ferber explains Texans to us, and her words ring as true in 2010 as they did in 1952 when she published her book. Having seen the George Stevens' film of the book, I was expecting something even better. I wouldn't say the book is better than the film, but it is a bit different. Ferber's heroine, Leslie Lynnton, is a spirited Southern belle, with some Yankee roots, and an indulgent father, who fascinates Bick Benedict, owner of La Reata, a million acre plus cattle ranch. He meets her, sweeps her off her feet and takes her to this other-world, namely rural Texas. There the wealthy have all had fancy east coast educations (Bick played football for Harvard), but mostly maintain a deceptive, folksy outward presentation to show they are still Texas all the way through.

The novel takes place after WWI, at the beginning of the Depression and through to the 1950's. Coming from Virginia, a bilevel society should not have been shocking to Leslie, but she is gobsmacked by the way her husband and white Texans treat the Mexican-Americans who work for them and share the state. The book details her struggle to improve conditions for the Hispanic employees of the ranch, as well as her personal battle to assert herself in an atmosphere charged with testosterone. Texans think that their women come after their cattle and ranches.

Ferber's style is a little dated, and her vocabulary sent me to the dictionary a couple of times, but her ability to weave a good yarn is fine, and I was sucked right into the Benedict's world of privilege and squalor. This is a good summer read for the beach, as the story is long and sprawling. You'll be tan before you know it.
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