Show Boat

Show Boat

Edna Ferber / Sep 19, 2020
Show Boat Edna Ferber s classic paean of love to the Mississippi River and the showboats that ran up and down it is once again available in hardcover as a facsimile of the first edition First published in
  • Title: Show Boat
  • Author: Edna Ferber
  • ISBN: 9780517229934
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edna Ferber s classic paean of love to the Mississippi River and the showboats that ran up and down it is once again available in hardcover as a facsimile of the first edition First published in 1926, this timeless tale of the Cotton Blossom, Cap n Andy, his shrewd wife Parthy, and their beautiful daughter Magnolia her remarkable daughter Kim was made famous on Broadway iEdna Ferber s classic paean of love to the Mississippi River and the showboats that ran up and down it is once again available in hardcover as a facsimile of the first edition First published in 1926, this timeless tale of the Cotton Blossom, Cap n Andy, his shrewd wife Parthy, and their beautiful daughter Magnolia her remarkable daughter Kim was made famous on Broadway in 1927, when the legendary Jerome S Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II collaborated on the musical Since then it has become a beloved favorite, revived repeatedly to entertain generations with haunting and lyrical songs such as Old Man River and Can t Help Lovin That Man of Mine.
    Show Boat Sep , Magnolia Hawk, Captain Andy Hawks daughter, becomes the new show boat attraction, and her leading man is Gaylord Ravenal, a gambler The two instantly fall in love, and marry without Parthy Hawks approval Magnolia and Gaylord leave the Cotton Blossom for a Show Boat The Shows Broadway The American Musical PBS Show Boat was a testament to the courage of composer Jerome Kern, lyricist and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, and producer Florenz Ziegfeld In an era of willful nonsense, they attempted a Show Boat Rotten Tomatoes Movie Info The third and to date last film version of the Edna Ferber Jerome Kern Oscar Hammerstein II musical Show Boat falls just short of greatness but is still a Show Boat Rotten Tomatoes this is the show boat to watch, and in spite of irene dunn s blackface number, one of the most racially sensitive films i ve seen from the s just watch the scene where helen morgan sings Show Boat May , Along with The Great Garrick , The Old Dark House and The Bride of Frankenstein , Show Boat is one of James Whale s loveliest and most enduring classics By far, the best Show Boat ever captured on film The plush MGM remake is a cartoon by comparison. Show Boat film Getting to Know You
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      • Edna Ferber

        Edna Ferber was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright Her novels were popular in her lifetime and included the Pulitzer Prize winning So Big 1924 , Show Boat 1926 made into the celebrated 1927 musical , Cimarron 1929 made into the 1931 film which won the Academy Award for Best Picture , and Giant 1952 made into the 1956 Hollywood movie.Ferber was born August 15, 1885, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to a Hungarian born Jewish storekeeper, Jacob Charles Ferber, and his Milwaukee, Wisconsin born wife, Julia Neumann Ferber After living in Chicago, Illinois, and Ottumwa, Iowa, at the age of 12 Ferber and her family moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, where she graduated from high school and briefly attended Lawrence University She took newspaper jobs at the Appleton Daily Crescent and the Milwaukee Journal before publishing her first novel She covered the 1920 Republican National Convention and 1920 Democratic National Convention for the United Press Association.Ferber s novels generally featured strong female protagonists, along with a rich and diverse collection of supporting characters She usually highlighted at least one strong secondary character who faced discrimination ethnically or for other reasons through this technique, Ferber demonstrated her belief that people are people and that the not so pretty people have the best character.Ferber was a member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of wits who met for lunch every day at the Algonquin Hotel in New York.

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    1. 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.But there is an [...]


    2. 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 sound th [...]


    3. 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 her othe [...]


    4. I think I love Edna Ferber s ideas 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 Show Boat in describing t [...]


    5. 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 and it won the mental coi [...]


    6. 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 novel, t [...]


    7. 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 temerity to be 1000 pages.I [...]


    8. 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 t sho [...]


    9. 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 production performed live, only added to my [...]


    10. 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 her unusual [...]


    11. 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 author, an [...]


    12. 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 her [...]


    13. 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 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 convent [...]


    14. 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 of the [...]


    15. 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. 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. 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. 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. I chose to read Show Boat after watching the musical adaptation I enjoyed the musical, and wanted of the story.Unfortunately, there is not much 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 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 repetition and so [...]


    20. 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. 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 meant reading [...]


    22. No little girl had a 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 River.For Ma [...]


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


    24. 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 familiar Captain An [...]


    25. 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 Further, I quibble with the inclusion of Kim as anything than a minor, ancillary character this [...]


    26. 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 gamble [...]


    27. 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, plea [...]


    28. 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 novel, t [...]


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