After a two-decade fascination with the film “Giant” — and inspired by our Spring Break trip to Southwest Texas — I finally brought myself to read the book. It adds a whole new dimension to the movie, not to mention the state.
Written by Edna Ferber, it was first published in 1952 and won the Pulitzer Prize. Ferber was primarily known as a playwright, and it shows — the book is rich with dialogue. It would be easy to dismiss “Giant” as an epic Western soap opera. But it treads deeply into more substantive issues, including race relations and gender roles. And it paints a vivid picture of oversized Texas pride — which seemed accurate at the time to readers everywhere, except for Texas.