Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and widely considered to be Edna Ferber's greatest achievement, "So Big" is a classic novel of turn-of-the-century Chicago. It is the unforgettable story of Selina Peake DeJong, a gambler's daughter, and her struggles to stay afloat and maintain her dignity and her sanity in the face of marriage, widowhood, and single parenthood. A brilliant l...more
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Dude. That is going to change.
I am going to start by recommending it to everyone I know (Andrew's mom is reading it next, then Andrew) and then I am going to recommend it to customers.
It's about Selina DeJong, a gambler's daughter-turned schoolteacher in a dutch village just outside of Chicago. It is definetely interesting to think that there was so much farmland in Selina's day, where now it's...more
So Big was Edna Ferber’s Pulitzer Prize winning book from 1924. Despite the accolades I didn’t know what to think going into it. For one, I imagined the language would seem a little dainty and old-fashioned. For another, it was mostly set on a vegetable farm – not exactly promising. The first few pages scared me, to...more
"So Big" is a great story about a young woman who grows up in various American cities, only to be disillusioned with what life "should be" after getting married to a poor Dutch farmer and toiling in the fields. But it's not just that: It's about believing that life is a grand adventure, "so much velvet." And then going out to find that, to be that person you...more
Note: I read this book in 2011 and again in 2012. The first time it was a resounding 5 stars for me. The second time I'd give it 4. It was still a great book but I saw more of the flaws in the writing...more
So Big, written in 1924, was her first big hit, winning her a Pulitzer Prize. It's the story of Selina DeJong, daughter of a Chicago gambler, who was given the best of education when times were goo...more
Selina was only nineteen at the time in 1888 and she surprises her friends when she decides not to go to Vermont and live with her two aunts. Instead, she shows her independence and determination to succeed on her own. She gets a job as a teacher at the Dutch school in High Plains, ten miles outside of Chicago.
At her first social event, she makes a picnic lunch that will be auctioned off. Men bid on the bas...more
The book essentially details the life of a woman, Selina DeJong, who by fate and life circumstances, happens to live in a Du...more
But now that I'm a little older, I find Edna amazing. I totally loved this story, or at least most of it.
It begins with a young Chicago girl going 10 miles west, which back then is quite a ways, to teach school in a Dutch farming town. Our heroine, Selina, is so inquisitive, intelligent, and ready and able to buck conventio...more
The second half focuses more on...more
The heroine, Selina, had so much depth and personality. She really was cutting edge for her time, even though being a farmer is not the most prestigious job now or back then. Selina first became independent at a young age when her father was accidentally shot at, and killed in a poker game. However, Selina decides to stay in Chicago and make a life for herself. She went to college (not very common for a woman in the 1800s) b...more
It's a simple story, but it captures so many bits o...more
The story is a littke different than the movue, abd doesn't resolve as the film did, but it's basically the story of "you can't akways get what you want...but if you try sometimes you get what you need.." maybe.
My aunt and he...more
As it happened, thirty-something years later, I was browsing the used book shelves at the local thrift store and fine five Edna Ferber novels bound in a single v...more