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Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions


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ISBN13: 9781616201647
ISBN10: 1616201649
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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


"A talented and fascinating writer. Daniel Wallace has created a jewel in Big Fish." --Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump

"I have a feeling that Big Fish is going to make a very big splash." --Lee Smith, author of News of the Spirit

About the Author

Daniel Wallace has published stories in numerous magazines, including Story, Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, and Shenandoah. His first novel, Big Fish, was translated into German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese. Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Daniel Wallace now lives with his son, Henry, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he also works as an illustrator.

Table of Contents

Part I

The Day He Was Born

In Which He Speaks to Animals

The Year it Snowed in Alabama

His Great Promise

My Father's Death: Take 1

The Girl in the River

His Quiet Charm

How He Tamed the Giant

In Which He Goes Fishing

The Day He Left Ashland

Entering a New World

Part II

The Old Lady and the Eye

My Father's Death: Take 2

His First Great Love

His Legendary Legs

In Which He Makes a Move

The Fight

On Meeting the In-Laws

His Three Labors

He Goes to War

My Father's Death: Take 3

The Day I Was Born

How He Saw Me

How He Saved My Life

His Immortality

His Greatest Power

In Which He Has a Dream

Part III

In Which He Buys a Town, and More

How it Ends

My Father's Death: Take 4

Big Fish

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mccaly28, July 7, 2015 (view all comments by mccaly28)
I was pleasantly surprised with how different the book is from the movie.

It's a lot shorter, a lot less in depth certainly, but I think it also focuses on the relationship between the father and son more. I think it's a good supplement to the movie, but if I were to read it on its own it feels a bit bare bones in terms of this mythical world.

It's a short, cute read for sure.
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Wallace, Daniel
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Literature-A to Z
General Fiction
ART / Subjects & Themes/Plants & Animals
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