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The Little Book


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ISBN13: 9780452295513
ISBN10: 0452295513
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Thirty years in the writing, Selden Edwards' dazzling first novel is an irresistible triumph of the imagination. Wheeler Burden-banking heir, philosopher, student of history, legend's son, rock idol, writer, lover, recluse, half-Jew, and Harvard baseball hero-one day finds himself wandering not in his hometown of San Francisco in 1988 but in a city and time he knows mysteriously well: Vienna, 1897. Before long, Wheeler acquires a mentor in Sigmund Freud, a bitter rival, a powerful crush on a luminous young woman, and encounters everyone from an eight-year-old Adolf Hitler to Mark Twain as well as the young members of his own family. Solving the riddle of Wheeler's dislocation in time will ultimately reveal nothing short of one eccentric family's unrivaled impact upon the course of human history.

Edwards, author of The Lost Prince, brilliantly weaves romance, art, history, and culture in this unforgettable and dazzling debut novel. 


An irresistible triumph of the imagination more than 30 years in the making, "The Little Book" is a breathtaking love story that spans generations, ranging from fin-de-sicle Vienna through the pivotal moments of the 20th century.

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A graduate of Princeton and Stanford universities, Selden Edwards is a former English teacher and headmaster. He began writing The Little Book in 1974.

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FBB, July 22, 2010 (view all comments by FBB)
As a reader who is generally disinterested in "time travel," I found this particular book fascinating in many ways. First, the protagonist's younger life & education are familiar and felt somehow welcoming to me. Second, I was challenged to recall my history courses~~the most recent being in the 1980s when I was in graduate school. Finally, Wheeler's story compelled me to keep reading. His grandmother's is equally as touching and compelling. I felt transported to Vienna with her. Overall, I was more than surprised by the enjoyment the book brought me. I highly recommend it, if for no other reason than it is a "good read."
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Cathy from Olympia, Washington, November 16, 2009 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
Eccentric "Wheeler" Burden-- philosopher, baseball pitcher, rock and roll idol, writer ... unexpectedly finds himself wandering in 1897 Vienna-- having unwittingly traveled from San Francisco in 1988. He takes this all in stride, however, in part because his beloved prep school mentor taught all of his students about fin de siecle Vienna, so Wheeler feels oddly at home. Wheeler wishes to make the most of his time in Vienna and soon becomes acquainted with a variety of people including Freud, Mark Twain, and assorted members of his own family. An engaging mix of time travel and history.
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Edwards, Selden
Plume Books
Historical - General
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