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Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Baker & Taylor
A young bride arrives at Reata Ranch from Virginia unprepared for the narrow-mindedness of the wealthy Texans.

This sweeping tale captures the essence of Texas on a staggering scale as it chronicles the life and times of cattleman Jordan "Bick" Benedict, his naive young society wife, Leslie, and three generations of land-rich sons. A sensational story of power, love, cattle barons, and oil tycoons, Giant was the basis of the classic film starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson.

& Taylor

Three generations of men in a Texas family are chronicled in this book, which inspired the classic 1956 film starring Rock Hudson and James Dean. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Perennial Classics, 2000, c1980
ISBN: 0060956704
Branch Call Number: FIC F
Characteristics: 409 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jul 03, 2014
  • texasbooks rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

i have watched the movie Giant several times but cant wait to read the book. I got the book and it wasn't any way as good as the movie. The book kept jumping from the past to the present to the future=. Just couldn't focus on the book at all.

this is an absolutely wonderful must-read. Edna Ferber's style is like no other. If you like this, make sure to read So Big - even better.

Dec 27, 2011
  • Liselara rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This is a classic and well worth the read. Nonetheless, the author seems to have a problem using commas and sometimes the prose is beyond endurance.

I rarely say this: the movie is better than the book, particularly the role of Jett brilliantly interpreted by James Dean.

Ferber sure paints an historic picture of Texas and it was only after reading the novel that I understood the virulant critiques tacked on at the end.

Apr 22, 2009
  • 1517313 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic Book with an interesting perspective of the Big Rich in the 20's and 30's

Jan 13, 2008
  • gb rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

a very different writing style, but enjoyable


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