Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions

Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions

by Daniel Wallace
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Big Fish (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Big Fish is a nice, short book. I laughed, cried, and read this book more than twice! This would be a good book for you if you like myths or tall tales.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really is a modern day fairy tale. It is interesting, funny and exciting and I love it. Can't wait to see the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one sitting. It is the wonderful retelling of a man's life through his son's eyes that leaves you feeling as if you were part of the storytelling too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book puts a smile on yor face. It is a look into a life that may not have existed. A son sorting over his fathers 'life' in seach of some sort of truth.
livelongandprosper More than 1 year ago
The story, Big Fish, written by Daniel Wallace is a book that will inspire people and make them realize why life is worth living. It is a novel for readers of all ages, and it will make you think of all sorts of things that could happen in your life. It begins with a young child named William who is suffering because his father, Edward Bloom, is dying. William is upset that his dad never shared much about his personal interests and religious beliefs, and William really didn't get to know him. So while his dad is in the hospital bed, he starts sharing his life with his son. He tells him about what it was like living in a small town called Ashland until he bought the whole town of Specter. All these stories are told chronologically through the eyes of William. Some other things that Edward shared include his love for the most popular girl in school, various jobs he had, and how he predicted the deaths of many people. It is entertaining to learn that all these stories were told seriously, and in the hospital Edward shares nothing but jokes with his kid. Everybody loved Edward Bloom. One time, Edward shared with William how he saw himself dying. He said that there would be hundreds of people outside his house, all wishing him the best, and this really did occur. There were hundreds of people hoping for the best for Edward. Each and every person had their own stories with Edward Bloom and themselves. Edward helped people with all sorts of problems. Something peculiar that occurs in every scene that happens inside the hospital, is that Edward always asked for water though he wasn't thirsty. The ending of the book makes you think about your life and the relationship you have with your family. I would recommend this book to all readers who enjoy myths and fairytales. This is a type of book that grabs your attention with all the things that occur in Edward Bloom's life. If you enjoy the type of book that flow through people's lives or are some how sentimental then this is the book for you. What I like about this book is that it is a simple book to read. Daniel Wallace uses really simple words that make reading the book very easy. It also has clear ideas that don't make you think beyond the plot of the story. I enjoyed this book because of its chronological way of organizing the events of Edward's life. This helps the reader concentrate on what is occurring while reading and not having to go back to make connections or think outside of what the text says. While reading this book I could make connections to my personal life. For example, it made me think about the relationship I have with my dad. I can put myself in William shoes and say that I really don't know about my dad's childhood. If you are looking for a book full of truth, death and life, then Big Fish is definitely a book you must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This delightful novel made me laugh and touched my heart. It truly showed the effect one generation can have on another and how understanding is achieved with time. There are great lessons to be learned here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book would be so good that it would just blow me away, I loved the movie but I didn't enjoy the book as much as I had hoped.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is full of tall tales ranging from telepathy to mermaids, of which revolve around one man, Edward Bloom the man of myth and joke one of the greatest men who ever lived. However, he has one flaw. Edward does not let people know him. He tells stories to people to make him self seem larger than life, even to his own son, William. On his deathbed, his son visits to try to know him. The novel is for a reader who enjoys fantasy and myth, but whoever reads this should keep in mind that this book is not full of dragons and golden fleeces. The setting is more modern than most fantasy novels, but still has a greatness and mystique as the ancient myths of Greece. This novel is also great because it is more of a collection of short stories. This is good for the lazy reader - one who often gets bored, can easily be hooked.
Winters93 11 months ago
Witty and poignant, mythic and timely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you had to choose a quote of 2 lines in this books and memorize them, what will they be?
BookReviewersClub More than 1 year ago
This review is from Dean Goranites of the BookReviewersClub on the book "Big Fish" by Daniel Wallace. This book is a collection of short stories. The majority of the book is a tribute to the father with grand stories of mythic proportions. All in all, the story focuses on a man's father right after the father died. This man sees his father as a hero and shows this through the short stories he hears about his father from before he died. Dean felt that the book has a brilliant writing style and an intriguing story. Anyone who reads it will see truth, care, love and dedication with every word. This is not a story of a man who had high aspirations to be an amazing writer, but a story of a son who loves his father. That's why Dean felt the book was so touching and that there was a real soul in the story. Dean gave this book 5 stars because he felt this book is definitely worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like the movie you'll like the book.
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I recommend this book, Its a bit off-beat at first but the author really reels you end eventually. I couldn't put It down, the events, plot, and overall how the book is written is extremely interesting. Its great!
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I thought this book was very good but i could not follow the plot of the book. If you've seen the movie before you read then book than you will have no problems keeping up with the story line, but with me i had a lot of trouble keeping up with it because of the flashbacks the boys father kept having about when he was younger and healthier. Also the fact that they kept repeating themselves everytime they went back to his fathers death. other than that the book was really good and i cant wait to watch the movie.
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