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Return to Book Page. Preview — Cimarron by Edna Ferber. Cimarron by Edna Ferber. Paperbackpages. Published May 1st by Kessinger Ciarron first published January 1st OklahomaUnited States.

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Lists with This Book. The most popular book of ! Hence Cimarron by Edna Ferber. Set against the rough and tumble The most popular book of !

So my expectations were low …. Ferber picks a great setting for her story. Her cimmarron work is also quite nice. The downside is that — as in the real world — the cute and quaint is tarred pretty heavily with prejudice.

The daughter of a Jewish family, Ferber knew discrimination well, and she portrays it unflinchingly in Cimarrondescribing the racism faced by women, African Americans, Native Americans, and Jews in the territory. And this is where Cimarron cimraron deceptively complex. Cijarron it reads like a bright historical romance, but then there are these awful deep parts — none darker than what happens ferbee the poor boy Isaiah — all presented at face value, leaving the reader to parse out the inequality.

Menfolk, for example, may have grabbed the headlines and been made the subject of ciamrron with their six-shooters and swagger, but it was the indefatigable pioneer women — largely overlooked — cumarron laid the bedrock for the society that grew on those empty plains. Ultimately, Cimarron is a subtle cry for recognition for all those folk that pioneer history had seemed to forget, ignore or outright abuse. You can verber out the list at http: View all 3 comments. Feb 15, K. Weiland rated it liked it.

Cimarron marks the cimarro for now of my excursion into Edna Ferber’s works, and it embodies many of the strengths and flaws Ferber portrays in all her stories. On the plus side, fegber have strong, almost painfully realistic characters. There is a demanding undercurrent of no-nonsense tell-it-like-it-is beneath Ferber’s romanticism, just as there are startling cliche busters hiding behind the melodrama.

In addition to her always vivid sense of setting, I appreciate her warty characters. They aren’t al Cimarron marks the end for now of my excursion into Edna Ferber’s works, and it embodies many of the strengths and flaws Ferber portrays in all her stories.

They aren’t always lovable, but they’re always intriguing. However, Cimarron also suffers from the same flaws as do the rest of her books.

The prose seems even cimqrron overblown and purple than usual here. Ferber knows how to pick the telling details and she can turn a beautiful phrase. But she also likes to heap on the glittery descriptive phrases like too many toppings on a pizza. Even more concerning, however, is her tendency to carefully and slowly build the story, only to chop it off in a hurried and abrupt ending.


Oct 30, Martin rated it it was ok. There are two excellent film versions in my opinion, some people don’t like either version of this novel, one in starring Irene Dunne and another in starring Maria Schell. They adapt the novel in very different ways, highlighting certain characters over others and changing events at will. This is quite easy to do, not to mention necessary, because the source material is a shambling mess. In the films, Cimarroon becomes sympathetic over time. In the novel, she remains fairly racist throug There are two excellent film versions in my opinion, some people don’t like either version of this novel, one in starring Irene Dunne and another in starring Maria Schell.

In the novel, she remains fairly cimarorn throughout and is always aghast at something her husband does. We never get a sense of what attracted her to Yancy in the first place. She remains static, frustrated, and frustrating to me till the end. The film versions manage to effectively soften her with time, thereby enabling us to see her as a pioneer.

The novel lacked everything that I loved about “So Big! The author’s vocabulary tended to be so overblown I could barely stomach it.

I know that Ferber has a good track record with incorporating minorities into her stories, but her descriptions and characterizations felt like they contained attitudes and ideas that were not subjective to Sabra but were rather lazily written passages in which Ferber did not attempt to extricate herself from conventional stereotypes of her day.

The Indians are always lazy or barbaric, the blacks are made for servitude, and Saul Levy gets to be a silent and hidden pillar of his community, and basically a eunuch. Nov 04, Nicholas Whyte rated it really liked it. The central character of the novel is Sabra Cravat, daughter of a Southern family who moved to Kansas after the Civil War; having married Yancey at a very young age, she is swept off to Oklahoma by him.

She breaks away from the stereotypes of her Southern parents, and gets over many of her own hangups, to b https: She breaks away from the stereotypes of her Southern parents, and gets over many of her own hangups, to build a new version of society in the town of Osage, to the point where she herself is elected to Congress.

Cimarron was the best-selling novel in America inand the film’s popularity must surely have been a reward for its insipid reflection of the popular original text. I was struck that the opening titles featured the characters and actors playing each, which looked like an assumption that many viewers would already be familiar with them. However, we are a long way from intersectionality, and the book is still pretty racist, if not quite as racist as the film.

There is still only one named black character who suffers an even more horrible end than his screen versionthough it’s also clear that there are lots of others in the town. While Sabra’s view of the Indians is pretty bigoted, the unreliable Yancey is totally on their side, and preaches to her frequently about the disgrace of the Trail of Tears and the awful things that white men have done; this is somehow dropped from the film. Also worth noting that the Vice-President of the United States at the time the film was made was actually descended from the Osage tribe, and remains the only Native American to have served at the top of the executive branch.

The one Jewish character is sympathetically treated in both book and film, but the nasty anti-Semitism of the baddies in the book doesn’t make it to the screen. The sub-plot with the sex workers in the book is explicitly a dialogue about different visions of womanhood in the new society that is being built, but becomes just a humorous set of vignettes in the film apart from Yancey’s courtroom defence of Dixie Lee, which in fairness is actually done better on screen than on the page.


I’m not especially well versed in the early twentieth century history of American feminism, but it seemed clear to me that the makers of a Hollywood blockbuster did not feel able to reflect the feminism of their source text. I enjoyed the book much more than I had expected to, and the film’s success was surely in large part a homage to the work it was based on. Nov 14, John Freeman rated it really liked it. Ferber brings the west to life in this sprawling historical novel about Oklahoma—from the Land Rush ofthrough statehood, to the 2nd oil boom.

Set in fictional Osage, Cimarron is the story of Sabra and Yancey Cravat, whose relationship could be seen as a metaphor for the settling and taming of the Indian territories. Sabra, the main protagonist, is a typical Ferber female heroine: Like the character, Salina, in So BigSabra is unable to influence those she cares the most about.

Yancey is an almost mythic character, larger than life, as big and wild and temperamental as the land the story is set in. Sabra represents the settling forces of the west—morals, laws, society. Yancey represents the frontier spirit, who, like the Oklahoma territory, is subject to the swiftly changing times.


The third character in Cimarron is the land itself. Like Willa Cather does in some of her works, or Knut Hamson in Growth of the Soilthe landscape serves as an antagonist, shaping the lives of the Cravats.

Cimagron strong Ferber novel. This one reads like a cmarron run for Giant: Giant is the far better novel, though, with this one having a rushed ending and feeling like a compressed epic. There are also several troubling-for-today’s-times depictions of African-Americans, Native Americans, and Jews.

Be prepared to put things in the context of the age, and you can still find a lot to enjoy here. I was introduced to these characters as a short story in the 7th grade. Our class was so enthralled with it; the teacher told us that it was an excerpt from a book.

We begged to read it — and she adjusted the curriculum to accommodate it. I am quite sure that I read it at least six times during my high school years.

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Loved the story, edns characters and the history lesson. Dear Jebus, what a crap-load of depression! This is a tale of the settling of the Oklahoma Territory beginning with the first run for land. When Yancey Yarbrough return from the first run without the land he went after he is still determined to return to the territory. He and his wife Sabra and their four year old son Cinarron are living with her parents in Kansas an his is sick of “civilized” life in there and longs for the adventure, freedom and openness of the new territory.

Despite the misgivings of her family Sabra and Cim join Yance This is a tale of the settling of the Oklahoma Cmiarron beginning with the first run for land. Despite the misgivings of her family Sabra and Cim join Yancey and travel back to Oklahoma where he plans to start a newspaper and possibly use his law fimarron although he dislike being a lawyer.