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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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movie was better

the ending in the film was so much better, although a great book. I did enjoy the movie much more and it remains my favorite film

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great story

If you like the movie, you will love the book just as much, I promise you.

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A good book that became a great movie

The movie has been a favorite of mine for a few years now and so I thought I'd listen to the book.

The book is pretty good (although not as great as the movie) and is a nice companion to the movie in my opinion. A lot of the things in the book that don't contradict things in the movie can easily be imagined to have happened off-screen in the movie.

I'm probably the rare person that doesn't care much for audiobook readers vocally "acting out" the book, trying to use different voices. I find it to be distracting. I prefer when the readers use more of a "blank tone of voice". But, other than that, I really enjoyed listening to this.

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The reading was fantastic. The book isn't

I had to hear this for an essay. The story is interesting but not my cup of tea.

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Go see the movie!!!

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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.

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Really good book. See the movie too

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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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  • Andrew duce
  • 11-28-16

Absolutely beautiful

Captivating from start to finish, better than I had hoped. It has become a favorite of mine

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