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So Big by Edna Ferber
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Mar 09, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: pulitzer-prize
Read in March, 2010

** spoiler alert ** I almost put this down on the assumption that the book was only about the sheer toil of rural life. However the genius of the book is the comparison between two characters the one who works hard and the other who doesn't and the accomplishments that follow. The author clearly favors the woman who is firmly rooted in the land with the pluck to get out of her situation through hard work but the average american will likely favor the handsome, successful son who ends up with all the creature comforts of life. The book shows how all the shimmer and shine of the high life produces dull, lifeless people while the dirt and the sweat of any kind of work produces vibrant and interesting people. I seem to prefer shiny things to dirty ones so this book will likely continue to speak to me for quite a while. Four stars because the author didn't find a way (if there is a way) to redeem the the character who realizes his mistake.

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