Big Fish - a novel of mythical proportions
14 journalers for this copy...
"In his prime, Edward was an extraordinary man. There wasn't anything he couldn't do - and do well.
He could outrun anybody. he never missed a day of school, even in the worst blizzard. He saved lives. Animals loved him, people loved him, women loved him.
Or at least that's what he's told his son, William. Willian doesn't really know his father because, actually, Edward wasn't home all that much.
Now, watching his father die, William grows increasingly desperate to know him before it's too late. And in wonderful sleight of hand, he recreates his elusive father's life in a series of legends and myths inspired by the few facts he knows. Through these tales, William begins to understand Edward Bloom's great fears - and his great fallings.
In a series of wrenchingly funny, often poignant scenes, Big Fish teaches us about the transformative power of storytelling, and one way of moving from life to death."
This is a debut novel from Daniel Wallace.
I enjoyed Tim Burton's movied adaptation of this book, starring Ewan MacGregor, so look forward to reading the original novel.
This book in on quite a few bookrings, so I'm offering it up an International Bookring. I hope it is enjoyed by all.
What to do when you receive the book:
1. Add a journal on the BC site to let us know that you’ve received it
2. Send a private message (PM) the next person to get their mailing address so there won’t be any waiting once you finish the book. If they don’t respond within 10 days, PM the next reader and me too so I know they are no longer interested or will be moved down the line)
3. Read the book within 4 weeks (this one’s a short and quick read) and then add a journal with your thoughts on the book
4. Send the book to the next person and journal that you’ve sent it on it’s way.
What if you’re too other swamped with book commitments and it is almost my turn!? Send me a PM me and I’ll move you down the reading list, if it’s feasible.
Order of Reading is:
* rainwolfe (Maryland, USA) - US postage preferred, i'national possible - from wishlist
* elizardbreath (Oregon, USA) - US postage preferred, post anywhere possible
* KateKintail (Virginia, USA) - prefer US postage - from wishlist
* dietcokemama (Massachusetts, USA)- post anywhere
* Rrrcaron (New Hampshire, USA) - post anywhere
* rebel-padawan (Red Lake, USA) - post anywhere
* ajsmom (British Columbia, Canada)- post international
* RustyReader2 (Ontario, Canada) - post surface anywhere
* lauraloo (Edmonton, Cananda) - post anywhere
* janey-canuck (Ontario, Canada) (from wishlist)
* Kemppu (Pulu, Finland) - international (surface)
* eirini1 (Attiki, Greece) - post anywhere
* Xanthe-pup (Cardiff, Wales) - post anywhere
* toyjoy (Singapore) - post international (** THE BOOK IS ON THE WAY HERE **)
* le-ptit-prince (Thessaloniki, Greece) - can post internationally
* BellaMack (St Helens, Tas)
* livrecache (Caulfield North, Vic)
* flitterby (Maslin Beach, SA)
* Miss-Owl (Sydney, NSW)
* Pixette (Sydney, NSW)
* freelunch (Cairns, Qld) - towards the end
* Sugaryfun (Brisbane, Qld)
* luckaye (Brisbane, Qld)
* back to me
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Heading off over the seas to the first participant in this bookring in the USA - hope you enjoy the book!
I'm in the middle of reading Trainspotting for a bookring (seems to be my month of reading books that were made into movies with nummy Ewan McGregor) but I already started Big Fish and look forward to the adventures. Yayness!
And, Rainwolfe, what a pretty bookmark! :-) I absolutely love when bookring books arrive with their own bookmarks in them- adds to the whole experience.
Thank you, aleonblue, for this bookring! I've never had a BookCrossing book in my hands that's come all the way from Australia.
As a writer, it's a dream of mine to one day turn into a story, myself. Not for the immortality, but for the ability to delight and entertain forever... just like this book does. A wonderful read. Thanks again for the bookring!
I'll be sending this out to dietcokemama either tomorrow or Thursday (depending how swamped the post office is when I get to it!)
Thanks to aleonblue for including me in this ring.
I am presently half way through the book, having taken a few days to get some sleep. :) I positively love the movie and am so far loving this book! Thank you for sharing, will be contacting the next person when I am done with this journal so I have the address handy when I am finished!
Thanks again for sharing!
P.S. Ewan McGreggor is "nummy" perfect word KateKintail!
As it happened, this is my #6 in the 50 books challenge.
I am so glad I had the chance to read this book. It is completely different than I expected, and familiar in the way a broken in pair of pants is familiar after a washing. I had watched the movie (several times) and loved it, as I am a really big Ewan McGreggor fan, and was amazed to find out it was based on a book.
I love that Billy Crudup is in the movie too, as my friend Zane looks so much like him. Zane's song "Fall Again" reminds me a lot of the love scenes between Edward and Sandra.
Zane: Billy Crudup:
I finished this book early this evening (around 11pm) and promptly put on the movie, just to relive the magic a little bit longer.
Thank you for sharing!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sending on to ajsmom in the morning when I go to the post office.
I PM'd RustyReader on Feb. 11 and again tonight. If I don't hear back in the next two days, I will check in with lauraloo. Thanks for the ring, aleonblue!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sent to RustyReader via letter mail.
Great read, thank you for sharing it! Sending it to lauraloo29 next week.
Sorry it took me so long to send this off, but I have been VERY sick for the past 3 weeks. I have now sent it off to lauraloo29.
The stories were so whimsical, so cute, and so preposterous that you couldn't help but smile through the whole thing!
I have Kemppu's address and will be mailing this out tonight or tomorrow.
Thanks for sharing, aleonblue - I loved the bookplate!
What disturbed me here was the fact that Edward Bloom didn't seem to be there for his wife and son very much. He just wanted to have his adventures and stories to tell. I felt sorry for William and especially Sandra: nobody ever asked if she was happy, if she wanted to go and see the world too. No, everything was always about Edward. Then again, at the time the book was about, I guess the stories were generally about men, and women just stayed at home. *sigh*
Anyway, in the movie the love story of Sandra and Edward was sweeter.
What I liked most about the book were the stories about the giant and the eye, and the ending. And the thing that often it's not important if the stories are true or not - a good story is a good story.
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WILD RELEASE NOTES:
I sent the book in Xanthe-pup and i hope to enjoy it as much as me!
First of all, thanks to eirini1 for sending this on to me, and for the lovely little gifts - they live happily on my desk at work. Lovely thought!
Now, the book. I didn't enjoy this as much as I expected to. I saw the film a few years ago, and it moved me deeply. But my husband and I had nursed his father through his last months on this earth and lost him only a couple of weeks before, so it was a very poignant story to us, as well as being painful to watch. I think I unreasonably expected to be moved in the same way four years later, and as I didn't have the same emotional connection I didn't really enjoy this at all.
Perhaps without the 'history' with the film I would have enjyed it much more.
I will PM toyjoy now to ask for an address.
Sorry again for holding up the ring.