Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions
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 e
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But what you may not realize is that BIG FISH the novel towers over the movie. When I first bought a copy of this, just before they began releasing the movie coast-to-coast in 2003, I remember reading the back cover and thinking to myself: “Huh, a book about a man who doesn’t really know who his father is…how mundane.” O, how silly my thoughts were—this ...more
It's hard to read a book when you've been a huge fan of the movie for years, and that was the case with this book. Big Fish is one of my absolute favorite movies, so in my mind, it was just expressed and elaborated slightly better in the movie.
The book was still a good, quick read, and of course, I just adore the ending. <3
Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions is a 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace. It was adapted into a film, Big Fish, in 2003 by Tim Burton. A musical adaptation starring Norbert Leo Butz premiered in Chicago in April 2013. A young man (William Bloom), at the deathbed of his father (Edward Bloom), tries to reconcile his memories of his dad with the person he really is. Whereas he always saw his father as an irresponsible liar, he comes to underst ...more
The day after he died in the early 1960s the whole family was sitting in the living room remembering him when the telephone rang. My uncle answered and came back laughing but with the tears streaming down his face.
"What? What is it?"
"They asked for Joe. I...I said he wasn't available. They said to tell h ...more
This book can be summed up in four words: Great writing, no plot.
Like most readers, I watched the movie adaptation first, although I don’t remember much about it now. Since I’m working on a story that has a dreamy, fabulist writing style, I wanted to read something similar, and Big Fish certainly fits that description with passages like this:
They say he never forgot a name or a face or your favorite color, and that by his twelfth year he knew everybody in his home town by the sound their shoes...more
Just a note: this is not my first time reading this magnificent novel.
A mesmerizing relationship between a son and his father where reality entwine with mythology. A relationship where a son doesn't know his father and gets to understand him in the most difficult times.
For me, this novel is a must read.
So the story is made up of vignettes or short stories, the structure has a 'purpose' that I don't know how to capture without sounding too flimsy-fantastic, and fantasy's not all it is. To me it's important not just t ...more
My best friend is a little obsessive about reading the novel before seeing the film. Not so, me. I’m a bit more laissez faire in these matters. I saw and thoroughly enjoyed Tim Burton’s 2003 adaptation of Big Fish, and didn’t think too much more about it. Fast forward a decade, and I hear that a major, Broadway-bound musical is on the way. Now I know it’s time to return to the source material.
In the past, it has occurred to me that I have an overdeveloped sense of whimsy. I’m ...more
This is quite a short read seeped in wonder, legend and magic realism.
at the end, which made me smile. It wasn't until the end
of the book, that it made sense in it's entirity. I loved
the ending in this book. All the mythology and exaggeration,
made me question the value of the story, at first I only
seemed to attend to the father/son conversations that I felt
were real and poignant. Little by little, I started to appreciate Wallace's use of mythology ...more
I once bought the DVD of Big Fish - I still haven't found the time to watch it, but Ewan McGregor was enough reason to at least take the DVD with me. I didn't know it was based on a book and was rather surprised when a good friend recommended this book to me. I was slightly nervous getting into this book as I knew my friend likes it, and I wasn't sure whether it would work for me.
I'm very sad to say it didn't. I think it was all a little lost on me. I couldn't quite grasp the point behind the st ...more
"It was different with women, they were made to raise a family, they had the attention span for it.Men had to go out of the house and work, that's the way it had always been [...] Men were torn in this way; they had to be two people, one at home and another away, while a mother had to be but one"
Do I even need to say anything more?
I don't even know what the book is about. I know it's about Edward Bloom but beyond that... I didn't finish it, so maybe at the last chapter it says:
"And he was an awf ...more
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He has written one book for children, Elynora, and in 2008 it was published in Italy, with illustrations by Daniela Tordi. O Great Rosenfeld!, the only book both written and illustra ...more