Big Fish by Daniel Wallace
A Novel of Mythic Proportions

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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 elusive father—this indefatigable teller of tall tales—before it’s too late. So, using the few facts he knows, William re-creates Edward’s life in a series of legends and myths, through which he begins to understand his father’s great feats, and his great failings. The result is hilarious and wrenching, tender and outrageous.


About Daniel Wallace

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Daniel Wallace was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended Emory University and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, studying English and philosophy. He is best known as the author of the 1998 novel, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions. This novel became the basis for Tim Burton's film, Big Fish. Wallace currently is a professor and lecturer in the English Department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Published May 15, 2012 by Algonquin Books. 196 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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An audacious, highly original debut novel, in which a son attempts to resolve the mysteries surrounding his father by re-creating the man’s life as a series of exuberant tall tales.

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People mess things up, forget and remember all the wrong things. What's left is fiction, writes Wallace in his refreshing, original debut, which ignores the conventional retelling of the events an

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Strange Horizons

I had to figure out how best to present them so that they told his story in an original way: not simply to be original for its own sake, but because originality allows an old story to be told in a fresh way (there are not that many stories to tell).

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The scene where Edward's wife, Sandra (Kate Baldwin) holds him and sings "I Don't Need A Roof," the whimsical colors and huge set pieces fade into the background and, for the first time, the focus is on the woman Edward married.

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