Writer and illustrator Daniel Wallace has published stories in various literary magazines. Big Fish is a novel reminiscent of Garrison Keillor and Mark Twain. It is a surprising work, filled with imagination, homespun humor, and hyperbole.
Edward Bloom, an aging salesman, is dying. As his grown son, William, cares for him, the young man tries to focus on what he knows about his father’s life. Story after story surfaces in William’s memory, and he shares mythic visions of a fantastic father who was loved by all—a man who was the best runner, fisherman, businessman, and adventurer in the world. Big Fish tells these tall tales of Edward Bloom’s life. Punctuated with his vast repertory of jokes, they set the stage for Edward’s final, wonderful transformation.
©1998 Daniel Wallace (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC
"In a plainspoken style dotted with transcendent passages, Wallace mixes the mundane and the mythical. His chapters have the transformative quality of fable and fairy tale, and the novel's roomy structure allows the mystery and lyricism of the story to coalesce." (Publishers Weekly)
I have loved the movie since I first saw it. My compliments to the screenwriter!
The book was disappointingly bad -- dark, disjointed and unreadable.
Save your money and rent the movie instead.
Very good read. A short book, and very entertaining.Nonetheless, a rare exception in that the movie is at least as good. Read the book first, because the movie does things with the story. This is a magical story, that shows truths without being overbearing.
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