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From the pulitzer prize-winning American novelist, Edna Ferber. Who was heralded as the greatest female author of the 1920s and 1930s and among the best-read authors of her nation....

Title : gigolo
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ISBN : 11459610
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 291 Pages
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gigolo Reviews

  • Kathy
    2019-04-29 05:27

    A reader unfamiliar with Edna Ferber's literary output might finish this book with the impression that her tone was always downbeat. (It wasn't: some stories in other collections and portions of her novels are joyous; others are laugh-out-loud funny.) The tales in Gigolo delve deep into the minds of a widower whose son and daughter-in-law consider him a burden, a handsome young brute to whom women are irresistibly drawn, a Broadway comedienne considering her career options after forty, a would-be inventor held down by his wife's social pretensions, a wounded aviator who takes on a new identity as a paid dance partner, a camping supply clerk who has never set foot beyond Manhattan, and mother-and-daughter restaurateurs in an Oklahoma town where seemingly every other resident has benefited from an oil boom. Are the stories downbeat? Some of them, yes, though all are satisfying and a number end on a satirical or hopeful note. Does their tone matter? Not at all. Edna Ferber created some of the most believable character portraits of her generation. The novels that would make her famous—Cimarron, Show Boat, So Big, Giant—were still years in the future, but the potential she displays in Gigolo is so obvious that there is no way she could not have become a success.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-26 02:30

    My actual rating for this collection is 3.5 stars. There are some moments where the judgmental outlook of the author comes across, a couple plot constructions I disagree with, and a few incidents of unanticipated 4th wall breaking, otherwise I could give it 4. For short stories, these have a remarkable amount of character development, and the settings (mostly in Wisconsin's paper valley, Chicago and New York) are integral. I wish there were more story writers who paid attention to those elements. In fact, these stories are really all about character. Some of the themes get quite repetitive, but if you want to read about the joys and challenges of aging and hard-won self-knowledge, this is your book.

  • Tocotin
    2019-04-21 02:09

    How to say it?... Good technique, pedestrian conclusions. Lots of obscure brand names too. The stories are interestingly told, the people in them are good, honest, everyday people, but you know, they sometimes get ideas above their station in life and sometimes even above the author's powers of insight. It goes like this: theatre is better than cinema, women should be compassionate, there is no place like home. Oh, and races don't mingle, and foreigners are evil. Didn't you know? No?... Then you won't feel good about this collection, and it shouldn't find itself in your hands. (I had it on my Stanza. Ohai Amazon.)

  • Emily
    2019-05-06 09:08

    This was my first taste of Edna Ferber, and it was a completely enjoyable one. The title appropriately sets the tone for this collection of funny stories that in one way or another touch on the themes of illusions & delusions, carapace, obligation, belonging and being "kept." Even 90 years after it's publication, the characters ring true, and Ferber's winking take on love & romance, domesticity and the value of creature comforts remains relevant. I would have been happy to have each story stretch into a full-blown novel, but better left wanting more, I suppose.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-20 02:09

    Rather dark, about the awful hopelessness of ordinary lives (in 1910s Chicago) - actually there's much more to Ferber than just misery-with-a-side-of-amusement but this bunch of stories is particularly painful, despite the obfuscation of heel heights, skirt lengths and which colour fur is modish this season. The title story is very strong but most of them seem very pertinent... nothing has changed, other than the hemlines and headlines.

  • Aimee
    2019-05-09 03:35

    What Edna Ferber's characters have in common is that they dream of lives or loves with illusions and expectations and it doesn't always happen the way that they fantasize about. Either that, or they seem to want things when they already have enough. Overall, this was a comical and at times sentimental portrayal of rich characters that seemed realistic. I could relate some of them to people from my past or present.

  • Leah A. A.
    2019-04-24 03:20

    Edna Ferber is one of the great, undersung writers of the 20th century. Her finely wrought stories concentrate on the lives of working people, especially women, amid urban landscapes, notably Chicago, drawn with lyrical detail. Every one of the stories in this collection is worthwhile.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-29 10:32

    As with all of Ferber's short stories you never want them to end. I find that her short stories are very different than many in that they read as though they could easily be made into full-length novels. Ferber is a lost gem!

  • Lucy
    2019-04-21 03:30

    I suspect Ferber is an author you either love or hate. If you buy in to her way of seeing the world, and can lose yourself in the little lives of her characters, then this collection of short stories is quintessential Ferber. I loved it.

  • Louise
    2019-05-14 09:10

    3-3.5A little uneven, but I really enjoyed AIN'T NATURE WONDERFUL!, OLD MAN MINICK and If I Should Ever Travel!

  • Debbie Zapata
    2019-05-11 03:26

    These stories are wonderful....I am so glad that I discovered Ferber at last.....she is witty, funny, and always has a punch of an ending.