Giant

Giant

eBook - 2000
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This sweeping tale captures the essence of Texas on a staggering scale as it chronicles the life and times of cattleman Jordan "Bick" Benedict, his naive young society wife, Leslie, and three generations of land-rich sons. A sensational story of power, love, cattle barons, and oil tycoons, Giant was the basis of the classic film starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson.
Publisher: New York : Perennial Classics, 2000
Edition: First Perennial Classics edition
ISBN: 9780062310309
0062310305
Branch Call Number: EBOOK FIC FERBER 2000
Characteristics: 1 online resource (409 pages)

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INVS
Sep 23, 2020

If you don't care for the style or manner the era is presented I encourage viewing PBS special docu Voices of Giant. More important today than ever.

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SeattleSaul
Aug 06, 2020

A very readable book about down-to-earth characters and a Virginian woman who marries a wealthy young Texas rancher. There is a lot of cattle ranching information that is not well-known that she explains well. Much of the culture is suffuse by Mexican culture and she makes a point of trying to blend it in to the novel and use some Spanish words. Some critics, especially Texans, complain that it does injustice to Texans, but I found it simply a story of what could have been. I was not too happy with the time jumps, “…twenty years from now…” in several places and would like to have things occur in their present.

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texasbooks
Apr 12, 2014

i have watched the movie Giant several times but cant wait to read the book. I got the book and it wasn't any way as good as the movie. The book kept jumping from the past to the present to the future=. Just couldn't focus on the book at all.

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luv2sew96
May 28, 2013

this is an absolutely wonderful must-read. Edna Ferber's style is like no other. If you like this, make sure to read So Big - even better.

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Liselara
Dec 27, 2011

This is a classic and well worth the read. Nonetheless, the author seems to have a problem using commas and sometimes the prose is beyond endurance.

I rarely say this: the movie is better than the book, particularly the role of Jett brilliantly interpreted by James Dean.

Ferber sure paints an historic picture of Texas and it was only after reading the novel that I understood the virulant critiques tacked on at the end.

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1517313
Apr 22, 2009

Fantastic Book with an interesting perspective of the Big Rich in the 20's and 30's

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gb
Jan 13, 2008

a very different writing style, but enjoyable

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