So Big

So Big

Book - 1924
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"A masterpiece. . . . It has the completeness, [the] finality, that grips and exalts and convinces." -- Literary Review

Widely regarded as the master work of celebrated author and Algonquin Round Table mainstay Edna Ferber--who also penned other classics including Show Boat, Giant, Ice Palace, Saratoga Trunk, and Cimarron--So Big is a rollicking panorama of Chicago's high and low life at the turn of the 20th Century. Following the travails of gambler's daughter Selina Peake DeJong as she struggles to maintain her dignity, her family, and her sanity in the face of monumental challenges, this is the stunning and unforgettable "novel to read and to remember" by an author who "critics of the 1920s and 1930s did not hesitate to call... the greatest American woman novelist of her day" (New York Times).

Winner of the 1924 Pulitzer Prize, So Big is a must-read for fans of contemporary novelists such Willa Cather (O Pioneers!), Pearl S. Buck (The Good Earth), and Marjorie Rawlings (The Yearling).

Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : International Collectors Library, c1924
ISBN: 9780061859984
9780060956691
0060956690
Characteristics: 283 p. ; 22 cm

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MeOwnEyes
Mar 24, 2017

Jumps forward a few times. Some favored influence when Pulitzer was awarded. Even Ferber had her doubts about the novel when turned over to publisher. Great book? Well it made it over to Europe & Russia with high regards. Made it to the big screen 3 separate times, none successful. The vision of a working farm, the use of a single horse wagon to arrive to market by dawn, social structure of an early Chicago & it's suburbs, the true meaning of what we should get out of our lives is well depicted & appreciated.

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KellyReader
Mar 16, 2015

I enjoyed this book. I liked the descriptions of the period. I can see why it won a Pulitzer.

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emmmster
Dec 07, 2014

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luv2sew96
May 28, 2013

One hundred percent fantastic. I love this book and I would read it over and over. Such a unique writing style and such real characters. Truly a classic that *deserves* to be a classic!

prkmbc Sep 10, 2011

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