Little, Big

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Harper Collins, Mar 1, 2002 - Fiction - 538 pages
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Little, Big tells the epic story of Smoky Barnable -- an anonymous young man who meets and falls in love with Daily Alice Drinkwater, and goes to live with her in Edgewood, a place not found on any map. In an impossible mansion full of her relatives, who all seem to have ties to another world not far away, Smoky fathers a family and tries to learn what tale he has found himself in -- and how it is to end.

  

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The writing is lovely but the pacing is slow. - Goodreads
Such a good book until the disappointing ending! - Goodreads
Stunning prose, amazing depth. - Goodreads
Extremely pretentious writing. - Goodreads
Beautiful, beautiful prose. - Goodreads
It's a love story about family. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Christina - Goodreads

Fantasy/Magical Realism. I had such high hopes for this book. The writing style is lyrical and dream-like. That is what drew me in at the beginning. That, and getting to know Smoky Barnable and family ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lance - Goodreads

We imagine what kind of stories our lives will make as we live them. Through a combination of Memory and Clairvoyance we piece together what we think will be our story, our Tale. John Crowley weaves ... Read full review

Contents

LITTLE
3
CHAPTER TWO
23
CHAPTER THREE
38
CHAPTER FOUR
59
A Suit of TrumansThe Summer HouseWoods
67
CHAPTER FIVE
74
BROTHER NORTHWINDS SECRET
99
Retreats and OperationsA Swell IdeaSome Notes
126
THE WILD WOOD
267
CHAPTER TWO
287
CHAPTER THREE
307
CHAPTER FOUR
326
THE ART OF MEMORY
343
CHAPTER TWO
363
CHAPTER THREE
387
Book Six THE FAIRIES PARLIAMENT
429

Robin Birds LessonThe End of the WorldBrother
146
Time FliesA Definite HazardUp on the HillCocoa
159
OLD LAW FARM
185
CHAPTER TWO
204
Old Law FarmThe Bee or the SeaA Winged Messen
223
CHAPTER TWO
453
CHAPTER THREE
473
CHAPTER FOUR
491
CHAPTER FIVE
511
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Page 453 - To remark the folly of the fiction, the absurdity of the conduct, the confusion of the names and manners of different times, and the impossibility of the events in any system of life, were to waste criticism upon unresisting imbecility, upon faults too evident for detection, and too gross for aggravation.
Page 363 - Drink to me only with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup And I'll not look for wine. The thirst that from the soul doth rise Doth ask a drink divine; But might I of Jove's nectar sup, I would not change for thine.
Page 99 - The Shepherd in Virgil, grew at last acquainted with Love, and found him a native of the rocks. 'Is not a patron, my Lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and when he has reached ground encumbers him with help?
Page 161 - Exalted Manna, gladnesse of the best, Heaven in ordinarie, man well drest, The milkie way, the bird of Paradise, Church-bels beyond the starres heard, the souls bloud, The land of spices; something understood.
Page 38 - Sibyl — the thirtieth was at the Trojan war and Helen her name — the thirty-eighth was Queen Semiramis — the sixtieth was Eve, the mother of mankind. So much for the 'Old woman that lives under the hill, And if she's not gone she lives there still.
Page 143 - A goose, tobacco and cologne — Three-winged and gold-shod prophecies of heaven, The lavish heart shall always have to leaven And spread with bells and voices, and atone The abating shadows of our conscript dust. Anchises...
Page 147 - ... minutes, by reiterated drops, Audible tears, from some invisible source That deepens upon fancy — more and more Drawn toward the centre whence those sighs creep forth To awe the lightness of humanity : Or, shutting up thyself within thyself, There let me see thee sink into a mood Of gentler thought, protracted till thine eye Be calm as water when the winds are gone, And no one can Friend ! tell whither. Dearest We two have known such happy hours together That, were power granted to replace...
Page 246 - The reason for this is that men pass rapidly from one step to thι next : for instance from milk to white, from white to air, from air to damp ; after which one recollects autumn, supposing that one is trying to recollect that season ". St.
Page 143 - GOD bless the master of this house, The mistress bless also, And all the little children That round the table go ; And all your kin and kinsmen, That dwell both far and near ; I wish you a merry Christmas, And a happy New Year.

About the author (2002)

John Crowley was a recipient of the American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters Award for Literature. He lives in the hills above the Connecticut River in northern Massachusetts with his wife & twin daughters.

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