Giant: A Novel

Giant: A Novel

by Edna Ferber


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The basis for the classic film starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson, Giant is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber's sweeping generational tale of power, love, cattle barons, and oil tycoons, set in Texas during the first half of the twentieth century.

When larger-than-life cattle rancher Jordan "Bick" Benedict arrives at the family home of sharp-witted but genteel Virginia socialite Leslie Lynnton to purchase a racehorse, the two are instantly drawn to each other. But for Leslie, falling in love with a Texan was a lot simpler than falling in love with Texas. Upon their arrival at Bick's ranch, Leslie is confronted not only with the oppressive heat and vastness of Texas but also by the disturbing inequity between runaway riches and the poverty and racism suffered by the Mexican workers on the ranch. Leslie and Bick's loving union endures against all odds, but a reckoning is coming and a price will have to be paid.

A sensational and enthralling saga, Ferber masterfully captures the essence of Texas with all its wealth and excess, cruelty and prejudice, pride and violence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060956707
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Series: Perennial Classics
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 94,850
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Edna Ferber (1885-1968) was a novelist, short-story writer, and playwright whose work served as the inspiration for numerous Broadway plays and Hollywood films, including Show Boat, Cimarron, Giant, Saratoga Trunk, and Ice Palace. She co-wrote the plays The Royal Family, Dinner at Eight, and Stage Door with George S. Kaufman and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel So Big.

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Giant 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. Couldn't put it down until I finished it. Had seen the movie years ago, and I enjoyed that, so was fun to bring the characters back to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could see Elizabeth Taylor the whole time. I enjoyed but was a little blan in my opinion
queencersei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Giant is Edna Ferber's classic novel about Virginia socialite Leslie Lynnton and her improbable marriage to Texan cattleman Jordan 'Bick' Bennedict. Pretty, refined and sharply intelligent, Leslie makes a stark contrast to her swaggering husband. Bick is the king of the million acre Reatta Ranch in Texas. Set after the end of the first World War, Bick has strong opinions about the place of women and everyone else in society. Taught to think for herself, Leslie struggles to adjust to the harsh Texas landscape and the social customs of the society she has married into.Fans of the movie Giant should be happily surprised that the movie followed the book so closely. Fans of Texas will probably be less pleased. While not a smear job, Giant does not always paint Anglo Texans in the most flattering light. Their destruction of the land through unsound farming and grazing practices is described. The inherent bigotry of the Mexican people is also relentlessly explored. The bigness, bragging, overheated egos, misogyny, friendliness, sense of family and custom and racism are all laid bare. Most startling is despite being written decades ago, many of the social themes of the novel still seem very much resonant today.
patience_crabstick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The writing is so loaded with cliches, I have a hard time understanding how Ferber became an American literary giant. Still, she managed to keep me interested throughout the book. The movie is OK, and James Dean's performance as Jett Rink is brilliant, although much different and far less evil than the Rink of the novel.
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Will look forward to reading another book by this author.
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got tired of it by chapter 4
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waits. Link....i want you hard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok. I was just wondering. I'm gonna go to bed, goodnight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
appears, then walks over to him, totally silent