lyndanoel, November 2, 2007 (view all comments by lyndanoel)
A well-researched history of a family and the intertwined relationship of the family to the big house that was their common summer home. The writing was excellent which made it very easy to relate to the characters, and I sometimes forgot I wasn't reading fiction.
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smarshall48, October 12, 2007 (view all comments by smarshall48)
well written, absorbing, but badly organized. Should start with present day, then go back to very beginning of old house. It's confusing now. Desperately needs chart of family names and generations (domake one and add to clarity while reading!) Next edition, how about some of those family photos referrred to tantalizingly but never shown? We need pix of house at various stages of its life, exterior and interior. Also a map or chart showing situation of house--now extremely murky. And a map showing place names on that part of Cape Cod. Frustrating without illustrations!
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The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home
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George Howe Colt
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by The Economist,
"This book is full of uncertainty, wonder and surprise."
by The New Yorker,
"Colt's account, like the house that lies at its center, is full of surprises...contains more than seems humanly possible."
by Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post,
"The Big House brings engagingly and memorably to life the house and the people who inhabited it."
by Simon and Schuster,
Faced with the sale of the century-old family summer house on Cape Cod where he had spent forty-two summers, George Howe Colt returned for one last stay with his wife and children. This poignant tribute to the eleven-bedroom jumble of gables, bays, and dormers that watched over weddings, divorces, deaths, anniversaries, birthdays, breakdowns, and love affairs for five generations interweaves Colt's final visit with memories of a lifetime of summers. Run-down yet romantic, the Big House stands not only as a cherished reminder of summer's ephemeral pleasures but also as a powerful symbol of a vanishing way of life.
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