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Little, Big by John Crowley
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Oct 15, 2013

it was amazing

Do not read this book unless your feet are firmly nailed in reality lest you get lost in Edgewood and lose yourself. I wish that last sentence was just a flourish but it is, for me, way too close to the truth. There are times that reading this book feels outright dangerous. It is always disorienting and haunting, sometimes cloying like going to visit an old aunt that lives surrounded by things from the past that shape her world and that unexplainably claw at you. This book is unlike any other I have read perched between this world and some other.

I had to take breaks from reading Little, Big. (Timeouts to reconnect to the quotidian.) Having finished Little, Big I am not sure exactly what it is. Fantasy? Doubtful. Marginally. Maybe. Its genealogy seems though more in line with books like Fowles' The Magus and Eco's Foucault's Pendulum, works that leave characters and readers off balance, believers one moment and doubters the next. I am a believer; that is, I am a believer in Little, Big. I am sure as Harold Bloom's blurb suggests this book will reward multiple readings, but this soul, for one, may be too fragile to sustain overhearing one more conversation between Smokey and Daily Alice or Auberon and Sylvie.

Little, Big uses small events and familiar objects that populate our world to conjure a world elsewhere as palpable and ephemeral as our own. None of this would even begin to work without Crowley, the true magician with language, the Prospero of this tale, of The Tale.
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Reading Progress

06/17/2012 page 185
10/05/2013 page 349
62.0% "War."
10/06/2013 page 387
68.0% "What to say?"
10/15/2013 marked as: read
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Msmerricat Lovely! I just ordered a copy from Amazon. Feeling that reading it would give me that feeling of not quite being able to take a deep breath as very good books do. All good faery tales should be disorienting and dangerous and above all haunting. Wonderful review and I am very interested in knowing what the end result of your reading is.

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