Shelf Control #9: Giant by Edna Ferber (1952)

Shelf Control is a weekly book meme @ Bookshelf Fantasies in which we write about one book that we want to read and already own. Read our hostess Lisa’s choice for this week over here.

The basis for the classic film starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson, Giant is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber’s sweeping generational tale of power, love, cattle barons, and oil tycoons, set in Texas during the first half of the twentieth century.

When larger-than-life cattle rancher Jordan “Bick” Benedict arrives at the family home of sharp-witted but genteel Virginia socialite Leslie Lynnton to purchase a racehorse, the two are instantly drawn to each other. But for Leslie, falling in love with a Texan was a lot simpler than falling in love with Texas. Upon their arrival at Bick’s ranch, Leslie is confronted not only with the oppressive heat and vastness of Texas but also by the disturbing inequity between runaway riches and the poverty and racism suffered by the Mexican workers on the ranch. Leslie and Bick’s loving union endures against all odds, but a reckoning is coming and a price will have to be paid.

A sensational and enthralling saga, Ferber masterfully captures the essence of Texas with all its wealth and excess, cruelty and prejudice, pride and violence. (Goodreads)

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I watched the movie when I was in college and fell in love with it so when I saw the book at a raddiwallah’s I immediately pounced on it, planning to read it that day itself. More than two decades later it still remains unread:)

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Have you seen the movie and/or read the book? How did you find it/ them?

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6 thoughts on “Shelf Control #9: Giant by Edna Ferber (1952)

  1. This has been on my “must watch” list for a long time, but I still haven’t. And I know the book is supposed to be amazing. Great choice!

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  2. Sounds great! Hurry up and read and review it and let us know if it lives up to the blurb! 😉 I’m ashamed to say I haven’t seen the film – can’t imagine why not, really…

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  3. Yeah, really must get down to it. Remember having great discussions about the film with my friends like Rock Hudson is so handsome…no way, James Dean is the real thing…😁

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  4. This book and one other by Edna Ferber (Show Boat) are on my Classics list to read. I like the movie too. (Show Boat, the 1936 version with Irene Dunne, is also a favorite movie.)

    I think I have had my copy of Giant for a long time also, at least 10 years. Let us hope that both you and I get around to reading it soon.

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