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Great Son

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THE SCENE: Seattle from village to skyscraper city; the Alaskan gold fields.
TIME: 1851 - 1941.
THE SUBJECT: Four generations of the marvelous Melendys--a frontier family grown rich and ill at ease.
THE AUTHOR: Edna Ferber, who wrote So Big, Cimarron, Show Boat, and other great novels straight from the heart of America.
Mass Market Paperback, Complete Text of Original Hardcover Edition, 223 pages
Published April 1st 1974 by Fawcett (first published 1944)
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Sep 15, 2015 Mrtruscott marked it as to-read
I read this sometime around its original publication date, never dreaming that I would end up living in Seattle. I'm anxious to re-visit it, as when I moved here, knowing very little about Seattle (that corny 70's TV show and FRANGOS every Xmas from friends' who'd lived here) any rate, when I moved here from the hip metropolis of Albuquerque, people frowned and asked, "Why would you move there?"

Ahh, Seattle....I hardly know the city any more. Boom and bust, indeed.

Off to search for this
Amber Anderson
Apr 23, 2012 Amber Anderson rated it it was amazing
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I read most of this on the train from Chicago to Grand Rapids-it made the trip seem much shorter than it actually was. I was completely absorbed from the first page:

"There was too much of everything. But not for Vaughan Melendy. Himself of heroic stature, he fitted well into the gorgeous and spectacular setting that was the city of Seattle. Towering and snow-capped like the mountains that ringed the city, he seemed a part of it-as indeed he was. Born into this gargantua
Katie Hilton
Apr 02, 2015 Katie Hilton rated it it was ok
A fairly interesting portrait of a fictional family that founded Seattle. It has engaging descriptions of the panorama and interesting details about the Klondike gold rush, but otherwise is forgettable. Not up to Ferber's best.
Norma Bush
Dec 05, 2013 Norma Bush rated it it was ok
I grew up in Seattle and recognize almost everywhere her characters visited. I even had a house on the working class side of Queen Anne Hill overlooking the Fishermen's Wharf.

I realize this book was published during the Second World War and Japan was our enemy; but, be prepared for a degree of racism that would not be tolerated today. The Japanese household staff is consistent portrayed as sly and untrustworthy. I knew many Japanese growing up in the 1950s -- my 4-H leader and her family were in
Jan 26, 2013 John rated it liked it
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I was not wowed but i did enjoy parts of it. only liked the very old madam exact and the very young mike and reggie and of course pansy who was old when young and young when old. Only picked it up to read when i saw it took place in Seattle where i was stationed when in the service. A good one day read but i doubt i will remember it next month
Jamie Green
Mar 04, 2008 Jamie Green rated it really liked it
i love Edna Ferber however be warned that her books are slow and involve a lot of discription
Jun 15, 2013 Janet rated it it was amazing
Edna Ferber is my all time favorite author. I'd never read this one. Definitely worth it!
Aug 06, 2010 Kecia rated it liked it
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I enjoyed it but it did not WOW me. Maybe I'll have to read Giant or So Big to be Wowed by Ferber.
Joe Betz
Jun 06, 2011 Joe Betz is currently reading it
I am 40 pages in and am waiting to see what will develop.
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Edna Ferber was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels were popular in her lifetime and included the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big (1924), Show Boat (1926; made into the celebrated 1927 musical), Cimarron (1929; made into the 1931 film which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), and Giant (1952; made into the 1956 Hollywood movie).
Ferber was born August 15, 1885, in
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