by Edna Ferber

Hardcover, 1930




The Book League of America (1930), Edition: Unknown, 388 pages


1929. Edna Ferber, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Show Boat and Giant, gives us a ripping good read with Cimarron, the story of wandering Yancey Cravat, a pioneer newspaper editor and lawyer. Cravat settles in Osage, a muddy town thrown together overnight when the Oklahoma territory opens in 1889. To this place he brings his wife Sabra, a woman both conventional and well-bred. Against all odds, Sabra develops a brilliant business sense. She makes a success of the newspaper, a success that ultimately leads her to Congress. Through Sabra's eyes we see the violent frontier collide with resentful Indians, the sodbusters tame the prairie, and the sudden fortune of a lucky few. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.… (more)

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LibraryThing member Goodwillbooks
Grand, sweeping novel, originally published in 1929, about the settlement of Oklahoma, told from the vantage of Sabra Cravat, a proud, steely woman from Kansas, but whose roots go deeper. She moves with her husband and son to the town of Osage - a town of mostly tents, having been settled roughly one month before. Yancey Cravat, her husband, wishes to set up his law practice and a newpaper in the town. He does, but his wild undisciplined ways are no way to run these businesses. It falls to Sabra to keep the paper running, especially during Yancey's several unexplained multiyear absences. Through it all, we watch the growth of Osage, and the Cravats' newspaper, their family (now a son and daughter) and finally, the impact of the discovery of oil in Oklahoma. Poor Sabra tries to keep it together through her husband's absences, her son's marriage to an inscrutable Indian princess, and her daughter's conversion to calculating golddigger and marriage to the town's wealthiest new oil millionnaire. The book is well-written, exciting, and involving, and the characters colorful, if not always admirable. Good read.… (more)
LibraryThing member jburlinson
I liked the land rush episode. It occurs early in the book. What follows is as effective as Lunestra, but with a much lower incidence of viral infection, dry mouth, dizziness, hallucinations, infection, rash, and unpleasant taste; although I did experience the latter, to be honest.
LibraryThing member jon1lambert
I love these glitzy American laminated covers - so much more exciting than their UK counterparts. Here a moustachioed cowboy type holds the hand of a gal, his gun in his left hand pointing to the sky, all on a yellowy orange background.


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