Little, Big

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Harper Collins, 2002 - Fiction - 538 pages
56 Reviews
"John Crowley's masterful Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood - not found on any map - to marry Daily Alice Drinkawater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house that is many houses on the magical border of an otherworld. It is a story of fantastic love and heartrending loss; of impossible things and unshakable destinies; and of the great Tale that envelops us all. It is a wonder."--Publisher's description.
 

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A man of New York City marries into a family from the country who have a remarkable relationship to the world of fairy. That other world is always present in the story's background, sometimes more ... Read full review

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Little, Big mirrors a soap opera: two American families, linking back to a third family in Britain, are followed over 2-3 generations. Locus of action is a country manse and a city tenement. Key to ... Read full review

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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 thé 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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