Big Fish

Big Fish

A Novel of Mythic Proportions

Book - 2003
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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 mythmaking, the search for an honesty somehow deeper than truth, and the redemption that can occur when one moves from life to death.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2003, c1998.
ISBN: 9780142004272
Branch Call Number: WALLACE
Characteristics: 180, 9 pages ; 20 cm.


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Jan 20, 2018

It's not often where I suggest skipping the book in preference to the movie. This is one of the few cases where the movie is much better.

Jun 25, 2016

I go the point that we all use myths to explain our lives and that our lives are full of stories and characters, some real, some that we think are real and some plain fabricated. But I did not like the Dad in this story enough to even want to learn about him. I felt the same way about the movie. I just read this in preparation for the show coming to Hamilton in Fall 2016. I trust it will be better.


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