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Show Boat Pulitzer Prize winning author Edna Ferber s famous novel Show Boat tells parallel love stories of two doomed marriages that are set on a Mississippi show boat Magnolia the sheltered daughter o

  • Title: Show Boat
  • Author: Edna Ferber Miles Kreuger
  • ISBN: 9780451526007
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1926 Pulitzer Prize winning author Edna Ferber s famous novel, Show Boat, tells parallel love stories of two doomed marriages that are set on a Mississippi show boat Magnolia, the sheltered daughter of the Cotton Blossom s owner, falls in love and runs off to Chicago with a dashing riverboat gambler Their marriage is wrecked by his love for Lady Luck and she returns hom1926 Pulitzer Prize winning author Edna Ferber s famous novel, Show Boat, tells parallel love stories of two doomed marriages that are set on a Mississippi show boat Magnolia, the sheltered daughter of the Cotton Blossom s owner, falls in love and runs off to Chicago with a dashing riverboat gambler Their marriage is wrecked by his love for Lady Luck and she returns home to her family to have her baby Ultimately, she reconciles with her wandering mate to give the marriage another try The star singer on the Cotton Blossom, beautiful Julie LaVerne and her husband run afoul of Southern law when the sheriff discovers that she is mulatto and her husband is white They are forced to leave the show boat and flee because Southern law forbids miscegenation See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

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    1. Fabian on said:

      The love story doesn't even come close to the plot the novel tries to be, namely "Gone With the Wind." (To her credit, Ferber's novel is ten years older) No. This is really much like GWTW-lite. It is, in fact, a weirdly paced paint-it-by-numbers type endevour. The love story is inauthentic and sporadically pedophilic? Plot points are given to us by the (waaay) articulate writer prematurely (such as the dad's death, Kim's birth) and then are played out in a very predictable way. Expected better.B [...]

    2. Emily on said:

      You know that seminal story from your childhood? The one you watched/read/listened to so often that your parents were ready to bribe you out of doing so again in order to save their own sanity? For me, that story was Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's Show Boat. Specifically, a tape-recording of Show Boat that my dad dubbed for me off a library CD. I still have that tape; I listened to it so often as a kid that any articulation the bass may have had is completely worn away to a muddy "wahmmm" s [...]

    3. Patty on said:

      This book took me away from a difficult childhood and helped me escape into the world of books. It was a large and involved three generation, post civil war story of a strong, rigid Parhenia Hawks whose husband wanted to purchase a showboat and involved their children in the world of theatre. She was opposed. They travelled on the "Cotton Blossom" down the mighty Mississppi. Edna Ferber is a forgotten author now, but very popular in her day.This book went on to play on Broadway. You might know h [...]

    4. Martin on said:

      I think I love Edna Ferber’s ideas more than actually reading her novels. This is the third novel of hers that I have read (the others were “So Big” and “Cimarron”) and it seemed to take forever. I felt like I had to force myself to read a chapter a day. I love the idea of women who made our nation great, not by ambition but strength of character and rising above the dire circumstances of their marriages. I love her expansive language, put to especially grand use in the first half of [...]

    5. Suanne Laqueur on said:

      Did you know that the notes in the refrain of “Cotton Blossom” are the inverted notes of the refrain of “Old Man River.” Go ahead, sing it in your head: Cot-ton Blossom……Old Man River. See? Now good luck getting that out of your head.We’re speaking, of course, of the musical Show Boat, which was based on the novel of the same name by Edna Ferber. I took a compilation of five of her novels out of the library, because I actually wanted to read Saratoga Trunk. But Show Boat was there [...]

    6. K.M. Weiland on said:

      I think there's a little of everyone's childhood in this book. The magic part at any rate. I've never lived on a showboat and have no real connection to rivers in general and the Mississippi in particular. There's really very little in the main character with which I personally relate my own history. But the nectar-sweet nostalgia of this story still pulled me in, with its portrayal of a charmed childhood and the inevitable progression into the often harsh bubble-burstings of adulthood. As a nov [...]

    7. Vel Veeter on said:

      Showboat is a weird book. It was written in 1924 and one dumb reviewer called it a “Gone With the Wind” wannabe…an impressive feat given that it came out a decade before…the two books do have parallels (spoiler alert – this book is better). Both deal with a a reeling South after the war, both deal with a panoply of roguish characters, and romance and soapiness. But only one is a mouthpiece for vile racist bullshit…I forget which one though…d one, while being truly vile has the teme [...]

    8. Pat Murphy on said:

      This story is a little slow if you are used to action and adventure fiction. But it is considered a classic. The writing initially takes you to a time before 1900, and puts you with a group and a family that owns a Mississippi riverboat and entertains on that boat a la plays and singing. It goes on to the times when showboats become passe and Broadway perhaps gets its feet under it. The family has its conflicts, and some have hard times and some have wild and wooly times. The thing is, cars don' [...]

    9. Pamela on said:

      If I was going to be a river . . . I’d want to be the Mississippi . . . Because the Illinois, it’s always the same. But the Mississippi is always different. It’s like a person that you never know what they’re going to do next, and that makes them interesting.” Having majored in English with a minor in theatre, reading Edna Ferber’s 1926 “Show Boat” tickled my fancy with nostalgic delight. And having had the pleasure of seeing Hollywood’s adaptation along with a lyrical producti [...]

    10. Kathryn on said:

      My mother always told me that the spelling of my name came from Kathryn Grayson,who was in the 1951 film of Show Boat. And as a child living along the Ohio River, I remember the Delta Queen stopping and giving open-air concerts from the boat. But I never saw the Kathryn Grayson movie, nor read the book, until now; and it’s a wonderful book, especially for a former river town girl to read (and review).The book starts in the 1890′s, with the birth of Kim Ravenel on a show boat; she was given h [...]

    11. Rachel on said:

      This is the book on which the perpetually-revived musical is based. The plotlines aren't really all that similar. I can easily understand why this was such a popular book in 1926. It's a sweeping story of three generations of theater folk. There's plenty of drama to go around; in a lot of ways it felt like any number of best-selling novels I've read. The main issue for the modern reader is the racial aspects of this book. It was really ahead of it's time in its portrayal of blacks (by a white au [...]

    12. Cathy on said:

      For a self-professed Broadway junkie, I must confess that I knew absolutely nothing about Showboat beyond that it was a musical. Turns out it was a book first, and one with a very verbose turn of phrase. Coming off of some rather poorly written books, the SAT vocabulary of Showboat was a welcome change indeed. This is the first book in a long time where I had to actually look up word meanings. Cicerone, propinquity, aldermanic even autocorrect is changing the words as I type. Kudos to Ferber for [...]

    13. Em on said:

      Quite a different story to the one that MGM made of it with Howard Keel. Apart from the musical happy-ending, Ferber's story is more than a little disjointed going back and forth in time, not just from one chapter to another, but even on the same page. The worst example of it was the passage about Andy Hawks drowning. Plus I think she skipped over the most interesting parts had she but developed it, when Ravenal leaves and Nola goes back into show business to support herself and keep Kim in the [...]

    14. Dan on said:

      I think most people are familiar with the musical. I'd seen the movie but I hadn't realized until I had gone to a live performance that the musical was based on an actual novel. I thought it was a story especially written for a musical. I'm not sure about the musical, but the story is a great story. It is really about the way women have found themselves trapped with men. In the previous age of Western civilization, men had all the power. They were expected to run their own lives and the members [...]

    15. Megan on said:

      I am fascinated by Edna Ferber's work and the impact they have had on our culture. Here is the book that was the basis for the musical that changed American Theater. The central character, Magnolia, is a well crafted picture of what it meant for a woman to come into full possession of her own life.

    16. Karen on said:

      The musical was popular when I was a kid and I probably saw the movie, but don't remember for sure. However, the book is quite different from the movie/musical. Edna Ferber was popular when I was growing up and I like reading her in the same way I like reading Dorothy Canfield Fisher.

    17. Currit on said:

      Unusual and very American. The characters are characters. What can I say? There is nothing predictable about this story. Somehow it captures the feeling of frontier America and the coming modern age. I'm a fan.

    18. Cindy on said:

      I think I am going to love everything I read by Ferber. Great writing, great stories, great characters, what is there not to love?

    19. Jamesboggie on said:

      I chose to read Show Boat after watching the musical adaptation. I enjoyed the musical, and wanted more of the story.Unfortunately, there is not much more to the novel. It follows the same general plot as the musical, namely a loose telling of the life of Magnolia. There are some differences, most of which I disliked. The novel provides more detail about show boat life and gambling in Chicago, but at the cost of inexcusable repetition. Farber could have cut 100 pages without losing anything. The [...]

    20. auntie on said:

      Okay, a. all these years I cannot believe I didn't know this was a novel, (b) by EDNA FERBER ! and iii. what a delicious read. Yes, it is a novel of its time and of history so there's that, but its sweeping glorious portrait of the tides and times is intoxicating. I look forward to re-reading this for many years to come.

    21. Joanne on said:

      It is wonderful- it sweeps you up and keeps you there - great read!!

    22. Marty Reeder on said:

      My wife and I have stumbled across a delightful little tradition. Each summer we go to one of the shows in the Utah Festival Opera & Musical. Whichever one we end up going to, my wife learns the piano sheet music to one of the songs and I read the literature it was based on--mine is in an effort to maximize my smugness and unsupportable behavior as I compare book to performance throughout! (Okay, I try to limit my commentary but the nerd in me sometimes can’t hold it back!) Last year, that [...]

    23. Laura on said:

      No little girl had a more enchanted childhood than Magnolia Hawks. Her daughter Kim, a famous actress, begins to tell the tale to a journalist from 'The New Yorker'.Andy Hawks, Magnolia's father, a river boat captain, buys the Cotton Blossom Floating Palace Theatre, much to the dismay of Parthenia, his wife. Parthy doesn't approve of the stage but Magnolia loves the actors and actresses who play to the audiences each night on a glittering show boat which proceeds up and down the Mississippi Rive [...]

    24. KathyPetersen on said:

      Showboat has little depth or character development. No matter: Ferber is a fine storyteller, and the story is very much worth the telling.

    25. Russell Sanders on said:

      Edna Ferber’s Show Boat is definitely a novel written in the style of another era. It’s not a difficult read and moves along quickly unless you get bogged down in the copious description. The book is heavy on narrative and light on dialogue. But that narrative is rich indeed. Ferber’s description of the river—mostly the Mississippi—makes it a character unto itself. And when, about two-thirds in, the narrative switches to Chicago, that description is rich and evocative. The story is fam [...]

    26. Adelaide Mcginnity on said:

      An interesting look at the turn of the century riverboat life, but a book irreparably harmed by being told out of sequence. By out of sequence, I don't mean flashbacks, rather I mean that individual scenes are told out of sequence (for instance, we learn that Andy Hawkes is dead, and then, later, we go back and see how he died, a scene robbed of its punch because we already know what is about to unfold. Furthermore, I quibble with the inclusion of Kim as anything more than a minor, ancillary cha [...]

    27. Sandy on said:

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. Edna Ferber describes people and scenes so vividly you can't help but feel you know them. She often injects subtle humor into her characterizations. The relationship between polar opposites Parthy Hawks and her husband Cap'n Andy Hawks is always amusing, and spoiled Magnolia is a truly interesting character! I like the way Ferber lets you in on Magnolia's inner thoughts and feelings. You also get a glimpse into the life and motivations of a "professional [...]

    28. Nancy H on said:

      A classic of the Mid-West, this book gives readers a view of what life was like on the showboats that plied the Mississippi and other Midwestern rivers. Seen through the eyes of the Hawkes and later Ravenal families, that life was hard and often harsh. Andy and Parthenia Hawkes run their showboat, with their only daughter on board with them. (view spoiler)[Parthenia is a harsh woman, and is determined that their daughter Magnolia will NOT go into the acting business, yet she defies her and does, [...]

    29. K.M. Weiland on said:

      I think there's a little of everyone's childhood in this book. The magic part at any rate. I've never lived on a showboat and have no real connection to rivers in general and the Mississippi in particular. There's really very little in the main character with which I personally relate my own history. But the nectar-sweet nostalgia of this story still pulled me in, with its portrayal of a charmed childhood and the inevitable progression into the often harsh bubble-burstings of adulthood. As a nov [...]

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