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The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2009

    very informative and interesting book

    I enjoyed reading the book. It brought back memories of driving to the Cape. I learned alot about the early Bostonian Families and how they built their houses and about all their neighbors.
    I liked seeing the house through the younger families thoughts and how they felt about their parents, grandparents and great grandparents.
    it is a good book club book, lots to talk about

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

    Lovely book

    Great, touching story, wonderful writing, rich imagery. I enjoyed the book all the way through! The only [small] criticism I have is I wish the author had provided some photos, particularly of the house itself. Since the characters are real people, I can understand a reluctance to offer pictures of relatives [living or passed on], but to see the house, its surrounding property and even old photos of the Cape would have been a delightful addition... hence my 4 star rating overall.<BR/><BR/>A wonderful effort Mr. Colt!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    The house as a metaphor

    The first three chapters lure you into believeing the book is about the house, it is really about a way of life- the old money 'it is gone, only their good name remains', the pretense and facade of a life that many in his family could not relinquish, and those that moved forward with the times- welcoming 'outsiders' into their lives, were no longer welcome andor no longer chose to visit. The windows with no rooms attached, the stairs leading nowhere, things not being as they seem- that was his family. But, you have to get well into the book before the dark side is revealed, slowly, chapter by chapter. It is a way of life drowned in secrets and alcohol, and best read about as the past rather than lived.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    Conjours Up Fantastic Memories

    A superb read, for anyone who has ever experienced the joys of regular visits to a summer house. Memorable and poignant memoir of growing up by the sea in summer, family life and life's lessons . . . pure enjoyment.

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