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Giant by Edna Ferber
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Ferber is incredibly adept at observing relationships. In Giant, the marriage of larger-than-life Texas rancher Bick Benedict and Virginia socialite Leslie Lynnton is the central relationship, with their friends, families, children, and ranch workers spinning around them and intertwining. The novel begins building up to an incident when Bick and Leslie are middle-aged, then goes back to recount their meeting, whirlwind courtship and marriage, and disorienting first days in Texas. Bick and Leslie struggle with their relationship to each other and the ranch; this struggle is amplified in their children as Jordy and Luz grow up entrenched in a changing world. The novel's climactic end includes a few scenes from the week preceding the incident related at beginning of the book. Like in So Big, Ferber ends this novel abruptly with characters facing poignant questions.

Though dramatic at times, some of the middle of the novel moves slowly, and there are many details about the ranch, its work, and the Texan landscape.

This novel paints a vivid picture of a piece of American history, and explores themes of progress, of land, of marriage, of the parent-child relationship, of size, of success, of power, of right and wrong. The sense of place is strong, and the characters leap off the pages, many of them into the reader's heart. The questions Ferber asks are still relevant today, and this novel deserves to be read more widely.

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Edna Ferber
“What could be more exciting! As long as you're fascinated and as long as you keep on fighting the things you think are wrong, you're living. It isn't the evil people in the world who do the most harm. It's the sweet do-nothings that can destroy us.”
Edna Ferber, Giant


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February 14, 2016 – Shelved
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