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.
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Movie or Book ???
It took some getting used to the expansive run-on narrative, but once acclimated it is a great read.
I have seen the movie too many times to count and find its organization and pacing much more pleasing.
All-in-all the book is included in the movie and many of my favorite situations and dialog originated in the book.
Jett Rink seems altogether a dissimilar character between book and movie. Much more violent in the book, rather than menacing outsider in the movie.
Reading this book makes me want to read more of Ferber’s work.
Not so good. Texas was Texas, but not a lot of it was this Texas