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Half Portions

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  5 reviews
This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 10th 2010 by Kessinger Publishing (first published June 1920)
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Half Portions is a collection of short stories set before/during/after WW1 in small town America. I enjoyed some stories more than others but overall, most held my interest. I confess to skimming parts of two.

This is my first Edna Ferber book and I can honestly say she is a good writer. I wonder if I would enjoy her full length novels more, though? It's hard to write a completely satisfying story in the space of ten or twenty pages. You just get invested in the characters and its over. But it w
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I enjoyed these stories very much, I never get tired of Ferber's work. The final story in this collection, The Dancing Girls, was similar to The Afternoon Of A Faun in another collection of Ferber's stories, Gigolo. I preferred the version in Gigolo, much more streamlined. The small annoyance of constantly thinking of that other story while reading is the only reason I did not give five stars here.
Edna Ferber wrote mostly in the 1920s. I came across her work merely by chance, and I am shocked that she is not more popular. She has an amazing insight into the human experience, in much the same way as Jhumpa Lahiri. Her characters are incredibly real, and she has a very modern sense of humor.
Some of her short stories are quite funny and you can't help but giggle.
I found a very early edition in a yardsale. I wish Edna Ferber's books were used for literature classes more. She has a cheerful tone, even in the sad stories. By that I mean, her time period (the 1920s and on into the 50s) hosted bucketloads of depressing literature. Her short stories are positively cheerful and gently humorous.
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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).
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