Jun 13, 2012

Big Fish

Original Title: Big Fish
Turkish Title: Büyük Balık
English Title: Big Fish
Author: Daniel Wallace
Pages: 152
My Rating: 4/5

The movie version of this book has been sitting on our book shelf for a couple of years now. When I came across the book, at first, I didn’t relate it with the movie. I bought it as it was published by one of my favorite publishers in Turkey. Now I’m happy that I read it before watching the movie.

It is the story of Edward Bloom from his son, William’s standpoint. Edward was not around when his son was growing up and his son tries to get to know him before he passes away. In an effort to recreate his father’s life, Wallace makes up a legendary story full of magical realism.  The book consists of various chapters about certain parts of Edward Bloom’s life. Along the chapters, Bloom dies four or five times because of various reasons. Before each and every death, he gives William a new lesson.

Recently I have read so many chunksters with long chapters that I enjoyed this book so much. It was refreshing for me. Most of the chapters in this book are 3 or 4 pages long but each chapter gives a big message with small sentences.  This book concentrates on two men: William and his father, Edward. What I appreciated most about the author was the way he kept the facts about Edward Bloom mythical. This was one of the best books of 2012 for me in terms of eccentric character development. Both characters were so dominant in many of the chapters that the setting (at times the story itself) fell behind.

I still haven’t watched the movie and many reviewers claim that those who didn’t watch Tim Burton movie give higher ratings to this book. Well, we’ll see.

I read it in spring so I can count it for Spring Reading Thing 2012.
It was my first Arthur Hailey read so I can count it for New Author Challenge.
I’m also proud to say that I finally managed to read a book for What An Animal Reading Challenge.

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