I loved this book. And here's why: because the author is posing a question throughout the book, which he makes the reader answer for themselves. The question is, if a man tells a tall tale over a period of time and he believes that tale is how he lived his life, then does the tale become the truth? What is the measure of a man's life: the minute technical events of his daily life, OR how he saw his life as a series of wondrous adventures?
Tall tales and family myths lead a man to discover the man behind the legend: his father. Heartwarming, a sad and funny novel that will have you thinking about the family stories that structured your life.
If you like mythical and literary allusions, you will enjoy this book as much as I did. If you don't care for fantasy or magical realism, you may not fall for the tall tales that the father tells his son, but you may recognize the type of person who loves to exaggerate and who has a vivid imagination.
I don't believe that I have ever read a book quite like this. I did like that it was a compilation of a bunch of short chapters/stories, that definitely kept it interesting. I do think the ending was the best part of the book (not in a bad way). I wouldn't recommend this book to everybody though, since it was quite an odd book.
A modern day Fairy Tale!! A vivid imagination and the idea of destined love is the center of this wonderful but short read. Makes you yearn for family and forgiveness. One of my favorite books. Enjoy:)
Big Fish is how son saw Dad
Big Fish by Daniel Wallace is an episodic but charming memoir of how a son sees his semi-mythical dad. The book was made into a Columbia Pictures movie by Tim Burton a while back, with Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney and Jessica Lange.
Reading this book inspired me to write my own Father's Day tribute, so it must have a certain true-to-life quality in spite of the obvious lies told about the author's dad. Lies such as, he tamed a giant. Or the one about the time he saved a girl in the river from a cottonmouth, and then the girl disappeared, and the snake turned into a stick. There's lots of lies.
But there's lots of jokes, too, and lots of incidents that just strike home as being so funny yet true to life. Like how he had to stand there in the yard listening to the ball game on the radio before he's take his wife to the hospital to have his son, the narrator of the tales.
Read it. Then let it inspire you to write a little something about your own pop, maybe you'll even be lucky enough to let him read it before he passes on and it's too late.