I actually came across a first dition of this novel in a thrift store and had not read Edna Ferber so thought it was a good opportunity to do so The book was a pleasant read set primarily in both New Orleans Saratoga New York It was interesting to read about the upper class lifestyle around the nd the 19th century I can readily see where the book lends itself to the visual njoyment of the movies with the historic settings the uniue characters and the picturesue fashions of the day Add lements of horse racing good food and the intrigues of
Railroads In That Era And in that ra and word that comes to mind is rollicking a word out of character for the novel but illustrative of the njoyment I had from reading it While I am generally the biggest booster of Ferber s short stories you can find a post on this on my blog Pams Pictoramacom or at I just loved this novel and was sad to see it nd It is fairly short as novels go and I would have been happy to stretch it out The characters are deeply tched in memory as is the time and place although
again I find her character development better in her short stories than her novels but I find her character development better in her short stories than her novels but say settle in for a great ride on this one As always a truly great female character defines the story Edna never lets me down in that regard Enjoy Set in late 1800 s Saratoga Trunk is one of Edna Ferber s later novels that was turned into a movie starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman Basically a story of Clio Dulaine who was a disadvantaged by birth illegitimate girl who was of course beautiful but obsessed her whole life with the trappings of society and getting it over on those legitimate girls I stayed with it and the story was fun to listen to as the narrator flipped ffortlessly between French Creole patois haitian slave dialect southern urban accents of the time and ven a voice for Cupidon her little person who sounded a lot like Herve Villechaize from Fantasy Island days A nice old fashioned Southern story complete with pralines One thing I love about Ferber s writing among many others is her power of description Whether is it a room a person a prairie a process food or painstaking detail of an outfit she is as proficient as an artist with a paintbrush and her style is clear and realistic Yummy a Old fashioned asy reading fun Delicious descriptions of ating in New Orleans and the robber baron ra in the Northern US It s funny now to think of Saratoga NY as the home to money scandal and fashion but before there was air conditioning things worked a lot differently A basic romance with a weird bit of historio political moralizing tacked on at both A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, ends Oh and a shoot out cowboys and a train wreck Might have been 4 stars but some of the scenes were weirdly talking with the heroine just going on giving speeches that didn t seem to show anything besides that she was a headstrong character Explained away by thepilogue it was originally meant to be a stage playThis was made into a movie and what I want to know is did the heroine s appearance in black face at the ball of the season. Ambitious Creole beauty who than meets her match in Clint Maroon a handsome Texan with a head for business and an The Shadow Reader eye for beautiful young women Together they do battle with Southern gentry and Eastern society but in their obsession to acuire After seeing the movie with Gary cooper and Ingrid Bergman on AMC I knew I wanted to read this book I am a great Edna Ferber fan so I was pretty sure that I would like it It has a different feel than Cimmaron or Giant but it is a well written novel I don t think the blurb on the Goodreads site is uite accurate as Clint is only anxious to makenough money to have fun and afford to move on Getting back at the people who cheated his is another driving Force For Him Clio Wants for him Clio be rich but also safely in a marriage as her mother was not The attraction between the two is the driving force in this novel Don t be put off by the beginning of the book going into Clio s family background It Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies explains a lot and the action picks up from there Some of this novel is notntirely politically correct as far as African Americans and dwarves are concerned From her later novels we know that Ms Ferber was sympathetic to minorities and she shows some of that here This was written in 1941 so one might give her some slack but this is my greatest problem with this novel I am rereading this for the umpteenth time having begun when I was in high school and periodically revisiting it sinceI found myself craving something with rich descriptions xotic locations complex characters and interesting plots And my ye fell upon this on the bookshelfSo here I go again beginning in New Orleans with Clio Dulaine and her strange household Having lived just outside of Saratoga Springs for many years I really The Power Of A Choice enjoyed this book Filled with familiar places and stories in many ways this felt like a visit home The story wasnjoyable but a bit predictable The author made it clear from the
Start That Clio Would that Clio would Clint so it s not a spoiler to tell you that she did This was a lovely light summer read for someone interested a historical romance novel or Saratoga Springs I ve said it before and I ll say it again Edna Ferber is a hidden literary gem If you were born in the 70 s or after you d probably never heard of her growing up I happened upon her by chance My mother and I were flipping through TV channels and she stopped on a scene from Giant I m of a reader than a watcher so I went to the library got the book and have been ating up Ferber s words ver sinceWhy is this author not talked about This woman not only knows how to tell a great moving story and construct a beautiful sentence she also creates these characters that are just so fun and real I absolutely adored Clio Dulaine from the beginning It was impossible not to love her or any of Ferber s heroinesFerber s female characters uietly xude strength independence and tenacity They go against the convention of their day and Ferber s but not in a way that s at all obnoxious You are always rooting for them I also njoy the men in her stories They re likeable but definitely must delicately walk around their female counterparts ven when they are booming and brashThis is the fourth novel I ve read by this author and I would highly recommend any of them So Big was my favorite though. From Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Edna Ferber called the “the greatest American woman novelist of her day” New York Times comes a mesmerizing and timeless saga of love greed and powerSaratoga Trunk unfolds the story of Clio Dulaine an.
FREE DOWNLOAD ¾ Book, PUB or Kindle PDF ç Edna FerberDid they really do that onscreenThe author photo on the back cover is almost worth the book alone Solid 4 stars out of 5 for me For the benefit of all my reading friends you may interpret this as a 3I know that sounds strange but I loved this bookand I don t think veryone wouldHere s the thing sounds strange but I loved this bookand I don t think veryone wouldHere s the thing I had heard this before I read it and didn t want to "believe it It IS dated It does not stand with her other "it It IS dated It does not stand with her other books in the same way Edna Ferber is never profound like sayEdith Wharton What she IS is a uintessential American writer that chooses a big canvas and setting to display her themes Her works have a strong sociological basis She never wrote a line xcept to please herself and that is how true artists approach their subjects And in this book the strengths are the unfailing sense of drama the beliefs the people she uses to tell her story and the meticulous background details It s all very ntertainingOkayso the dated issues1 One of the main thrusts of this book is how the industrial barons of the 1880s plundered the country and basically stole it from its citizens That part holds true What doesn t hold true is that the main characters assert at the nd of the novel that this time has passed and that we now live in a true democracy where this kind of oligarchy cannot happen All we have to do is look at Washington DC to see that this not the case Her optimism feels out of step with reality in this sense2 There is a very offensive scene at the very nd where a character dons blackface at an ultra chic ballroom scene It s supposed to be offensive to all the ball goers and it isbut for us today it is offensive in a different way I generally overlook this type of thing in novels and pay attention to the time it was written Does it make it right No it doesn tand it will definitely bother many readers today But here is my opinion on this type of thing You really can t hold people responsible for knowledge they don t have That is like saying Well for heavens sake why didn t all those geniuses of the Renaissance invent lectricity so we could all use it They didn t have the knowledge It is my firm belief that you have to read in context of the time it was written Hello The Holy Bible Neverthelessthis scene whatever you think about it DOES date the bookI loved so many things about this though I literally felt transported to another time and at the moment I need a little scapism There is a lot of humor here The characters are all wonderfully flawed and wonderfully admirable The plot moves along uickly with no dissertations I took a long time reading this one Not because I was bored or found it lacking
in any way uite the opposite I wanted it to last a long timeNow I m going to read the onlyany way uite the opposite I wanted it to last a long timeNow I m going to read the only of hers that I haven t Cimarron I could barely finish this I ve loved other Ferber books Giant and So Big but this was so much weaker The dialogue is beyond repetitive and the story is really slow I did njoy the atmosphere she Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. evokes in her descriptions of New Orleans and Saratoga but notnough to tolerate the characters. Ll they've ver wanted they fail to realize they already have all they'll ver need ach otherAn unforgettable tale of ambition class differences and love Saratoga Trunk was the basis for the classic film starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergma. ,