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 acquir...more
Why is this author not more talked about?! This woman not only knows how to tell a gr ...more
I found myself craving something with rich descriptions, exotic locations, complex characters, and interesting plots. And my eye fell upon this on the bookshelf.
So here I go again, beginning in New Orleans with Clio Dulaine and her strange household.
Clio Dulaine is a girl with dubious upper crust connections. She desperately wants to be respected by society but struggles with her naturally flamboyant personality. She is a schemer & "gifted" ...more
Might have been 4 stars, but some of the scenes were weirdly talking, with th ...more
"Another quarter century of grabbers like us and there wouldn't have been a decent stretch of forest or soil or waterway that wasn't divided among us. Museums, painting, libraries - that was our way of making peace with our conscience."
"The time's coming when there'll be no such thing as a multi-millionaire in America, and no such thing as a pauper. You'll live to see ...more
Now, looking back over 40 years, it is clear why.
Not only was Edna Ferber in complete control of her material in novel form, she was also a preeminent playwright of her day. She originally planned "Saratoga Trunk" as a play and when her co-writer, George S. Kaufman, was "luke warm" toward the story, Ferber wrote it as a novel.
One reviewer wrote, "'Saratoga Trunk' is so neatly made that the scenarists need only bracket th ...more
Still, Clio, Clint, and old New Orleans and Saratoga were fascinating to read about. It's not exactly Giant, but it is readable.
I read a review that likened Clio to Scarlett O'Hara, and there really is no comparison.
I did like the Kaka and Cupide, though.
Ferber was born August 15, 1885, in ...more