Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions

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Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1998 - Fiction - 180 pages
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A charming whopper of a tale. "The San Diego Union-Tribune"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. Animals loved him, people loved him, women loved him. He knew more jokes than any man alive. At least that s what he told his son, William. But now Edward Bloom is dying, and William wants desperately to know the truth about his elusive father this indefatigable teller of tall tales before it s too late. So, using the few facts he knows, William re-creates Edward s life in a series of legends and myths, through which he begins to understand his father s great feats, and his great failings. The result is hilarious and wrenching, tender and outrageous.

Refreshing, original . . . Wallace mixes the mundane and the mythical. His chapters have the transformative quality of fable and fairy tale. "Publishers Weekly, " starred review A comic novel about death, about the mysteries of parents and the redemptive power of storytelling. "USA Today"

Highly original . . . An imaginative, and moving, record of a son s love for a charming, unknowable father. "Kirkus Reviews"


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User Review  - bonniemarjorie - LibraryThing

‘[...] I thought of him suddenly, and simply, as a boy, a child, a youth, with his whole life ahead of him, much as mine was ahead of me. I’d never done that before. And these images — the now and ... Read full review

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With Big Fish we're talking about fables and wild stories around this man who lived a bigger-than-reality life. The heart of this book, in amongst all these grand tales, is as simple as the strained ... Read full review


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Daniel Wallace is the author of Big Fish (which was made into a fearture film), The Watermelon King, Ray in Reverse, Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, and The Kings and Queens of Roam. Wallaces works have been translated into more than 25 languages. Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he teaches and directs the Creative Writing Program.

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