Big Fish

A Novel of Mythic Proportions

Wallace, Daniel

(Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Big Fish
In his prime, Edward Bloom was an extraordinary man. He could outrun anybody. He never missed a day of school. He saved lives and tamed giants. He was an inspired salesman-a visionary, in fact-and a beneficent real estate magnate who once bought a whole town just to make sure it would never change. Animals loved him. People loved him. Women loved him (and he loved them back). And he knew more jokes than any man alive. Or at least that's what he's told his son, William. William doesn't really know his father because, actually, Edward wasn't home all that much. So William sets out to discover who his father was by recreating his life in a series of myths and legends inspired by the few facts he knows. Through these tall tales, William begins to understand Edward Bloom's great feats--and his great failings. In scenes by turns hilarious and wrenching, tender and outrageous, Big Fish teaches us about the manipulative power of myth making, the search for an honesty somehow deeper than truth, and the redemption that can occur when one moves from life to death.

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Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2003
ISBN: 9780142004272
Branch Call Number: FICTION WALLACE 2003
Characteristics: 180, 9 p. ;,20 cm


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Jun 14, 2013
  • brandonzang rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Big Fish is one of the best books to be written, and I highly suggest it to you.
William Bloom writes his father's stories in the real, or more likely, fictional, way.
Edward Bloom, the father, was borned talented and adored by everyone, but now his time has come. William is, indeed, very sad, but at the end he realizes that his father, like it was told, was a big fish in a little pond.


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Jun 14, 2013
  • brandonzang rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

brandonzang thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99


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