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Big Fish by Daniel Wallace
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Jun 30, 2012

really liked it
Read in May, 2012

Big Fish is how son saw Dad
Big Fish by Daniel Wallace is an episodic but charming memoir of how a son sees his semi-mythical dad. The book was made into a Columbia Pictures movie by Tim Burton a while back, with Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney and Jessica Lange.
Reading this book inspired me to write my own Father's Day tribute, so it must have a certain true-to-life quality in spite of the obvious “lies” told about the author's dad. Lies such as, he tamed a giant. Or the one about the time he saved a girl in the river from a cottonmouth, and then the girl disappeared, and the snake turned into a stick. There's lots of lies.
But there's lots of jokes, too, and lots of incidents that just strike home as being so funny yet true to life. Like how he had to stand there in the yard listening to the ball game on the radio before he's take his wife to the hospital to have his son, the narrator of the tales.
Read it. Then let it inspire you to write a little something about your own pop, maybe you'll even be lucky enough to let him read it before he passes on and it's too late.

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