Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thorsday Book Review

Mango Momma reviewed this book a couple of weeks back, and, a few days later, I found it at a used book sale.  How remarkable is that?

SO BIG
by Edna Ferber
copyright 1924
360 pages

This is the story of Selina Peake De Jong.  The daughter of a gambler whose mother died when she was young, Selina was raised traveling from city to city in the US, spending a few years during high school in Chicago.  Her father was shot accidentally when Selina was 18, and she moved to a small, Dutch town in Illinois to become a school teacher, where she married the tall, blond Pervus De Jong.  "So Big" is her son, Dirk, so called by Selina until Dirk was about 10 (because of the game all mommies play with their children....you know, "How big is baby?"  "So Big!").  There isn't a lot of action in this book, no mystery, nothing like that.  Instead, it's the story of Selina's life from about 1885 on for about 40 years, and the parallel story of Dirk's life for the latter half of the book.  It's the encouragement of a neighbor's son to follow his dream to become an artist, instead of following in his father's path to farming.  It's a young widow's path to expanding her farm and support her family.  It's the story of a mother encouraging her son to pursue his education and do what he loves.  And it's the story of a man's path through life, changing career course midstream.

This book reminds us that life happens while we're making other plans.  And it's a vivid reminder that children will pursue their own lives regardless of the desires of their parents, which is as it should be.  It's a gentle story, enjoyable, and a nice read.  5/5.


Happy Thorsday, everyone!

9 comments:

Nichole said...

Happy Thorsday!

SissySees said...

Fun that you found the book right after MM's review. Errr... after Dexter's mom's review? (Change is hard.)

Blond Duck said...

I should probably read that book, since I spend most of my time fuming about how the plans I want aren't happening.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Thanks Marjie, I'll add it to the long list! I never seem to have enough time to read! No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Woops, hehe, I meant love Carol x

Dexter said...

I would have enjoyed that book even more if I'd had the lovely edition that you found.

Mango Momma

Jan Mader said...

I love your book reviews.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Happy Thorsday, except now it is Friday! Have a good weekend. Diane

Sue said...

For some reason I didn't recognize the title, but as soon as I read your review I remembered reading this a long time ago.