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So Big pdf So Big, ebook So Big, epub So Big, doc So Big, e-pub So Big, So Big 17dab2d817a Winner Of The Pulitzer Prize, So Big Is Widely Regarded As Edna Ferber S Crowning Achievement A Rollicking Panorama Of Chicago S High And Low Life, This Stunning Novel Follows 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 S And S Did Not Hesitate To Call The Greatest American Woman Novelist Of Her Day New York Times

10 thoughts on “So Big

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    At first I was curious about the title So Big.which we soon learn is the nickname for a boy named Dirk DeJong The nickname becomes symbolic for a theme running throughout this story pointing to what s important in life Another way this theme is expressed is that there are two types of people in life Emeralds and Wheat The biggest treasure in this story, yet there are others, is Dirk s mother, Selena De Jong, who moves to a Dutch farming community near Chicago She becomes a widow after her husband dies She demonstrates inspiring work ethics making do with what she has Setbacks don t set her back She values education, justice, integrity, beauty, literature, and art She s not afraid of hard work and rolls up her sleeves She s strong, independent, optimistic, spunky, and courageous..a feminist before her time Selena encourages her son to follow his heart be true to his deepest self but kids are going to make their own choices.which her son does As much as we wish our children to take the most inspiring roads in life, it doesn t always look as if they do As parents we just might have less influence than we think Some people seem to need to make mistakes themselves in order to learn a life lesson others are inspired by observing others and avoid a few What motivates one person and not another How much influence do we as parents really have on our children Maybe there is still a bigger lesson yet How much does it really matter if our children take the wrong road..and make big mistakes Who hurts , the parent Or the child And is that the question to ask Or is it possible that the challenge is to embrace the big mistakes in life head on accept them learn from them forgive and through differences love full heartedly during the hardest times So Big is a timeless novel giving us BIG THINGS to think about Parts of the story is heartbreaking.But it s always a powerful look at humanity This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1924..WELL DESERVED The writing is lyrical..characters come alive in the context of detail descriptive writing He knew cabbage from seed to sauerkraut he knew and grew varieties from the sturdy Flat Dutch to the early Wakefield But they were beautiful that they looked like jewels that they lay like Persian patches, had never entered his head, and righty What has the head of a cabbage, or, for that matter, of a robust, soil stained, toiling Dutch truck farmer to do with nonsense like chrysoprase, with Jade, with Burgundy, with Persian patterns

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    The kinds of people you see, and the things you do, and the things that happen to you, the richer you are Even if they re not pleasant things That s living Remember, no matter what happens, good or bad, it s just so much just so much velvet Selina Peake s father was a perceptive man indeed to impart these words of wisdom to his only daughter, words that would stay with her through life and ones that she would practice to the fullest extent possible This extraordinary novel by Edna Ferber, winner of the 1925 Pulitzer Prize, is as relevant now as it would have been back in its day It is a highly accessible classic and a pure joy to read I began 2018 with this book, and with any luck it s a sign of a glorious reading year to come Selina s father introduced her to a way of life that likely not many young girls would have had the opportunity to experience In 1885, at the age of sixteen, Selina moved with her father to the bustling city of Chicago, where she learned to appreciate art, literature, theater and a diversity of people When tragedy strikes, Selina is forced to make an important choice on her own the choice of earning her own living or of returning to the Vermont village and becoming a withered and sapless dried apple, with black fuzz and mould at her heart, like her aunts, the Misses Sarah and Abbie Peake She did not hesitate Life in High Prairie, a farming community to the south of Chicago, would be completely opposite to what she was accustomed, but she was determined to make the best of it A vegetable farm may not seem the setting for the grand adventure after which Selina yearned, but the unwavering spirit of this young woman was a rare quality Selina ranks right up there in my book of literary heroines Her capacity to recognize the beauty even in what others would consider the most mundane of objects and people made me stop and consider whether or not I take enough time to appreciate the everyday things in my own life But always, to her, red and green cabbages were to be jade and burgundy, chrysoprase and porphyry Life has no weapons against a woman like that I may never quite look at a cabbage the same again Like her father before her, Selina also wishes to instill the appreciation for the beauty in all things to her own child Dirk Dejong, fondly called Sobig by his mother, may be a farmer s son, but he will be exposed to books and art just the same, despite what little use his own father rates these small luxuries Selina has plans for Dirk, a wish for him to lead life to the fullest and experience all those things she feels she has missed out on herself She will toil away at the land in order to provide a future away from the farm for Dirk All the worth while things in life All mixed up Rooms in candle light Leisure Colour Travel Books Music Pictures People all kinds of people Work that you love And growth growth and watching people grow Feeling very strongly about things and then developing that feeling to to make something fine come of it But can we shape the life of another, even one of our own flesh and blood What sacrifices should we make, what do we give up, in order to ensure the happiness of our children or another loved one Can you really stop a person from making mistakes, mistakes that you recognize from your personal trials and errors Or do these things need to be experienced first hand for us to truly learn from them ourselves I am at a point in my own life where I ask myself these exact questions that Edna Ferber so astutely challenges us to consider through her thoughtful writing As a mother of two teens, one starting to make decisions about college and career, I ask myself everyday if I am doing my best for them And what exactly is my best How much autonomy should they be allowed, and how often should I yet take the reins and exert my own influence It s a balance I am certain, and one that needs to be constantly checked There is so much I could say about this pearl of a novel Better yet, you could just trust me, grab a copy, and learn for yourself that this truly was deserving of the esteemed literary award bestowed upon it I haven t delved much into the characters other than Selina, but there are several others that Ferber brilliantly imbues with life through her skillful pen So Big is simply a lovely novel towards which my review cannot do justice This book will adorn my favorites shelf for sure About mistakes it s funny You got to make your own and not only that, if you try to keep people from making theirs they get mad

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    My decision to attempt to read all the Pulitzer Prize winners for fiction has netted me one wonderful, delightful, amazing discovery this novel, So Big, by Edna Ferber I cannot imagine I would have ever come upon it otherwise for two very sketchy reasons one being the name which just has no compelling power for me, and the other being that I have seen the movie adaptation of Giant several times and absolutely hated it That being my only encounter with Miss Ferber, I drew the absolutely untenable conclusion that I would not like her work.Well, I did not like her work, I loved it I find Edna Ferber kept making me think of her contemporary, Edith Wharton They are nothing alike, in fact, since they have very different styles, come from completely disparate backgrounds, and write about two very different parts of the country however, they are very alike in that they are a strong voice for women, they understand the classes they write about, and they cut to the quick the hypocrisy that they see all around them in the society they live in Both of them seem to be saying, happiness can be had, but not if you are looking in the wrong place to ever find it.Selina Peake DeJong is a character I am not likely to ever forget She is a free spirit but a hard worker She is a person who expects a lot from life, but expects to get back only what she puts in She is a person who experiences the beauty in everything that is simple and genuine and unique There is no cookie cutter that could produce a Selina She is as individual as a piece of artwork, and a piece of artwork is what she is, in the end.Very early in the novel we are introduced to Selina s father, a gambler who lives sometimes at one end and sometimes at the other end of prosperity, giving her some advice about life I want you to see all kinds, he would say to her I want you to realize that this whole thing is just a grand adventure A fine show The trick is to play in it and look at it at the same time What whole thing Living All mixed up The kinds of people you see, and the things you do, and the things that happen to you, the richer you are Even if they re not pleasant things That s living The crux of this book is about exactly that About living About what it is to get into the muck of life and squeeze the marrow out of the bone And it is about the things that make a life both worthwhile and valuableand I believe Edna Ferber would have told you, with complete sincerity, that money would not rank highly on that list The novel is built on contrasts The contrast between the working man and the toff The contrast between the wealthy and the poor The contrast between the artist and the financier The contrast between Selina, who lives close to the earth, and her son, Dirk, who strives not to.I loved all these fine characters, celebrated and wept with them I think the Pulitzer Prize committee got this one right This is a book that is relevant today than ever, for when has there ever been such a rush to measure life by the dollar value you can attach to it I am ashamed for having thought of Edna Ferber as irrelevant and I am rushing out to get her other books and see if she weaves this magic than once Hey, I might even read Giant and find out that, aside from all that simpering and strutting that Liz Taylor and Rock Hudson and James Dean brought to the screen, there was a novel with a story and a lesson I can appreciate.

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    In the three years I ve worked in a bookstore, I ve had ZERO customers ask for books by Edna Ferber Dude That is going to change.I am going to start by recommending it to everyone I know Andrew s mom is reading it next, then Andrew and then I am going to recommend it to customers It s about Selina DeJong, a gambler s daughter turned schoolteacher in a dutch village just outside of Chicago It is definetely interesting to think that there was so much farmland in Selina s day, where now it s all steel and traffic Selina is an intriguing character, she s smart, young wellthe novel spans a few decades , idealistic and determined She falls in love and becomes someone she never thought she s be She has a son who she works very, VERY hard for Their lives happen and I couldn t pull myself away A page turner indeed, this book wasn t thought to be very literary when it was published in 1924 although it won the Pulitzer Prize but the language is rich and the story is wholly interesting Do read it.

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    This was a very different, very enjoyable read for me Thanks for nudging this now forgotten little gem my way, Susan Your instincts for what I would like were, as always, unerring So Big was Edna Ferber s Pulitzer Prize winning book from 1924 Despite the accolades I didn t know what to think going into it For one, I imagined the language would seem a little dainty and old fashioned For another, it was mostly set on a vegetable farm not exactly promising The first few pages scared me, too, with talk of bustles and complex, compound feminine emotions like exhilarated wariness Once I let it unfold, though, I discovered what a talented writer Ferber was The prose was neither flowery nor spare In fact, if a single word could describe it, I d probably just call it beautiful A great author can also make you care about things you never thought you would, farm life in Illinois in the late 19th century being the relevant case in point You really get a sense of one remarkable woman s life with this book Selina had a spark that the humdrum of her situation couldn t squelch Here s what she told a friend she wanted for her young son Beauty Yes All the worth while things in life All mixed up Rooms in candle light Leisure Colour Travel Books Music Pictures People all kinds of people Work that you love And growth growth and watching people grow Feeling very strongly about things and then developing that feeling to to make something fine come of it There are ironies in the way things play out, and in who may appreciate what, but those are thematic pleasures granted only to those who read this exceptional book.

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    Surprise What a delightful experience to start a reading year with a gem if you will Another formerly unread choice in our book group year of Pultizer Prize Winners, I truthfully did not hold high expectations I have questioned whether or not the books we have already read have been dated and relevant at their times but truthfully antiquated in language and historical in importance While I did find numerous words I didn t know in this novel like the clothing panniers, plastrons, reveres, etc I found the writing style to be strong and one of the greatest strengths to be the characterizations These people Selina, Dirk, Roelf Pool and Dallas all lived and breathed for me.There were two philosophies that Selina had been taught to measure and evaluate living First, she needed to embrace life all of life Living All mixed up The kinds of people you see, and the things you do, and the things that happen to you, the richer you are Even if they re not pleasant things That s living Secondly, you had to be true to your passion and center life on beauty and self expression Both philosophies are explored in the book with Selina being able to live both, but yet she cannot teach these concepts to her only son.The characters, their experiences and the timeless relevancy of this novel led to some rich and engaging discussion There was no need for organization We just jumped into the discussion asking our own driving questions What is the significance and meaning of the title How does a parent balance insights and desires for a child while yet allowing that child freedom What is beauty What would have happened to Selina if she hadn t been required to run the farm Would Dirk find happiness and a rich life Let s examine the importance of reading in this novel Hands were certainly a strong image How many times were they referenced What was surprising for me and personally enriching were the humble and honest connections people made to this book Though we have been together for close to forty years, I learned some things about some of these friend s lives that I didn t know I love them even This book and other s insights provided the basis for a memorable and delightful afternoon.

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    This style and depth of characterization, what we know about the main protagonists, those aspects are presented in a lovely old fashioned way, but not in a dated sense This book definitely stands the test of time I have to say that I enjoyed the first 2 3rds far than the last 1 3rd Selena s sentimentality in the later parts, and the Dirk progression lost a star for me Knowing all the Chicago land marks, and how she fictionalized South Holland and U of Chicago especially, that was intriguing Almost 60 years before my own people were selling vegetables bought in those downtown markets, early mornings there had not altered all that much re Ferber s description Minus the horse and wagons, lines of huge trucks and piggy backs by the rail lines But quite similar Seeing Chicago s economy and opportunity during this period and now there is such an immense contrast It is so sad In between were so many decades of boom that I did see But not for nearly 20 years now Dirk would never get in U.of C today Wrong gender, wrong race, wrong background, wrong prior schooling, etc But this book brought to mind so eloquently the periods I have seen where you could go from picking fields to manufacturing lines, to office, to sales or ownership, to changing careers and often within a decade All you needed to do was work endlessly and have a goal It truly was empowering to thousands And I was lucky enough to live that entire progression The beautiful things were gathered as Ferber saw the goal of life beyond money far, far easily as well Chicago and Silena DeJong cored the can do in So Big.I enjoyed the last 20 pages in my issue that did an entire review of Edna Ferber s life and her Algonquin Round Table crew Tons of pictures and asides to her travel and connections You could see her antsy movement in the photos, and hear the tales that she suffered no fools in the hear says Very, very interesting for a girl from Kalamazoo.

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    This was my second Edna Ferber novel the first being Giant , and it feels like I ve discovered a well kept secret of the literary world So Big is a great story about a young woman who grows up in various American cities, only to be disillusioned with what life should be after getting married to a poor Dutch farmer and toiling in the fields But it s not just that It s about believing that life is a grand adventure, so much velvet And then going out to find that, to be that person you envisioned yourself as, only to discover years later that you are not at all where you thought you d be, who you thought you d be And how do you reconcile that But Ferber cunningly shows us that the adventure is within us, that the turns and surprises are what we make of them, and that in the end, it is our spirit that dictates our love and interest in life It is our character, Ferber seems to be saying, that makes life an adventure What I like best about Ferber is how she writes and the women she writes about Her female heroines are quietly independent, fiercely strong without being bitchy or nagging These characters suggest feminism without the blunt edges They are, simply, women you d want to meet And that, along with her sweeping way of painting a portrait of a landscape on which lives thrive and turn, is what will keep you turning the pages.

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    This book quietly and unassumingly seduced me into unadulterated love I would think anyone from the Midwest could bond with this book and those of us from Illinois especially I believe it also has a universal quality Though it takes place between the late 19th to early 20th centuries, I can t imagine anyone not knowing of someone who went through these types of challenges even in our current times These characters were so deeply personal to me despite all of them having lived before my parents were born I thought of my Maternal Grandmother who reminded me of Selina, having worked on an IL farm with no running water as a live in housekeeper She did this as a single mother of two daughters for nothing than room and board and an unwritten promise to inherit the farm when the man died She also worked two other jobs concurrently to make ends meet trying to give my mom and her sister what she never had And she did, she sent my mom to college I also thought of my Paternal Grandparents whose parents emigrated from Ireland and started a small town IL bank that lasted through the great depression They didn t want for anything, but had unpretentious small town values like Mr Hemple.I thought of my Mom who reminded me a lot of Selina with her love of literature and the arts and who was a special ed teacher who had a loving acceptance of everyone.I thought of my father, who reminded me of Mr Hemple My dad was a small town boy who got his first job in Chicago at the most prestigious accounting firm at the time He did very well but remained down to earth and unpretentious, to the point where people working for him had much larger homes and fancier things than we did I thought of one of my best friends who lived in Chicago and raised her daughter as a single mom And I thought of myself and how I ve loved and admired all of these people Familiarity and great writing are what made me love this book Of course, there were many differences in the characters to the people I thought of, but they are so real that I m sure everyone will see someone they know or have known There were some less flattering characters that also made me think of people I ve known Besides the rich characters, there are vivid descriptions of the late 19th and early 20th century Illinois landscape in and around Chicago The architecture, hi life, low life, city life, and country life are all described by a great writer who surely must have seen it all herself I guess I should be saying about the story, but I couldn t help wasting time talking about how it made me feel I do confess that there were times when I was a little bored, but they didn t last long I was disappointed when the book started being about Selina s son Dirk than about her, but then it got really good and I love how everything came together I love, love, love this book It won t be for everyone, because there s no mystery, no action, no dramatic intrigue, just life, beautiful life and that s enough for me.

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    So Big is a novel about the adventure called life It has serious messages about family, motherhood, hardship, and most importantly, finding beauty I am very glad to have met Selina, who lived in several homes in several cities during her childhood, than moved to a Dutch farming community Alhough she faces challenges previously unknown to her, she tries to keep her dignity and view of life amidst physical, financial, and mental hardships But this story is not only about her I agree with a previous reviewer who said that this book was about contrast We meet smart and dumm, rich and poor, beautiful and ugly, visionary and near sighted , and everything in between All the characters even the ones who we meet for a short time are so well described, that we almost feel like knowing them And maybe, we do I could relate some of them to people I know, and sometimes, to myself Ms Ferber knows the nature of people, and shows it in a wonderful way.This was my first book by Edna Ferber, and I love her work This one is definitely a must read.

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