Saratoga Trunk

Saratoga Trunk

eBook - 2000
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The basis for the classic film starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman, Saratoga Trunk unfolds the story of Clio Dulaine, an ambitious Creole beauty who more than meets her match in Clint Maroon, a handsome Texan with a head for business -- and an eye for beautiful young women. Together they do battle with Southern gentry and Eastern society, but in their obsession to acquire all they've ever wanted, they fail to realize they already have all they'll ever need -- each other.
Publisher: New York, NY : Perennial, 2000
Edition: First Pernnial Classics edition
Copyright Date: ©1968
ISBN: 9780062310316
0062310313
Branch Call Number: EBOOK FIC FERBER 2000
Characteristics: 1 online resource (293 pages)

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SeattleSaul
Sep 13, 2020

Perhaps the reason I rated this as a two-star is because I’ve read four of her novels and am tired of her writing. If it were the first and only, perhaps I would have enjoyed it more and given it a three. Definitely not a five. I could only drag myself thru a third of it. A great writer for details that few of us knew about or would notice, it is evident that she put a lot of research into this and her other novels. Also, if you are reading this as an action-thriller, you are in the wrong isle of the library, so to speak. My concern here is that this one is a romance novel and we know early on that the characters marry and stay married into old age. I imagine there must be more to it, but I will leave that to the literati, as I am not capable of enduring more.
If written a few decades later, she, in author’s voice, would have to be careful of her descriptions of African Americans. The French, understandably because it is in Cajun territory, I found to be a little too much and mostly untranslated. The bull-headed dwarf character I find annoying, the Black cook/housekeeper fairly interesting, the main character and her boyfriend not so.

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Liselara
Jan 18, 2012

This book was released in 1941 and on page 165, Feber writes: "I just thought I would twit you with it" and twit (as a verb) means to taunt or ridicule. This makes me think of Twitter in today's terms.

It's an interesting read, especially the historical time period for New Orleans and Saratoga. A saucy gal, a plucky Texan and an assortment of interesting characters makes this a fun novel. The only drawback is that Ferber uses a lot of French and doesn't explain the terms or words in English so if you don't speak French, you may get annoyed.

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