Giant

A Novel
Narrated by: Courtney Patterson
Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 20th 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.

©1952 Edna Ferber (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Timeless

thus story captures society at it's best and worst. written in the 1950s it is still meaningful and poignant today.

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Worth a read!

I was skeptical when I started this book but as it progressed I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s well written and gets at the heart of Texas both good and bad. Highly recommend

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I kept waiting for the story to go somewhere

I realize the story was written in a different time and had a slightly different aim than many of the books I choose to read. However, and I'm one that never writes my reviews, this one was just Meandering and never really found a point nor a purpose.