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Big Fish by Daniel Wallace
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Aug 23, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: death, dyfunctional-families, fiction, read-2012
Read from August 22 to 23, 2012 — I own a copy

I picked up Daniel Wallace's "Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions" because I thought the movie was stellar. It had an amazing arc to the story (and when we saw it, I said to my husband that if I was a screenwriter, that is the kind of story I'd want to tell.)Sadly, this was one of the few cases where the movie was just plain better than the book.

The stories are similar -- it's a book about the death of Edward Bloom; a man that his only son really never knew. Edward Bloom cracks jokes and tells stories much to the chagrin of his son, who is waiting to know his father, or at least hear some kind fatherly words before it is too late.

The stories in the book weren't quite as mythical as in the movie -- the characters just don't shine as bright. The book lacks that beautiful story arc that pulls everything together in the end.

It's an okay story that is a quick read, but not one that I'll ever pick up again.
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Lawrence Windrush Loved the movie, now rewatching all of Tim Burton's films.

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