The story of a family touched by fairies, a family (and for that matter, a whole rural community) whose fates seems intertwined with those of the faires and their alternate world.
Smokey Barnable married into this family. The most interesting aspect of this book, I think, is when Smokey's son becomes an adult and leaves for the big city. The imagary of Old Law Farm, smack dab in the middle of the metropolis, the foilding bedroom, the enigmatic Sophie, the various eccentric cahracters that pop up which you THINK might be fairies but can not be certain about all kept me turning the pages.
These people have real names and live in known geographical locations and hold real jobs. But are they real? If not, then what kind of book is this? It is not like any fantasy I have ever read. If it is meant to be a parable, then what is the message? Ahah! It must be magic realism. If so, it is not like any magic realism I have ever read (maybe a little like A Visitation Of Spirits). I read the whole book without answering any of the above questions. Very slow reading. Very interesting.
Many people have loved this book. Perhaps you will love this book.
I did not love this book. It was vague and needlessly wordy; its characters let their strange fates wash over them like waves; all was predestined, there was no choice, no struggle, no definition. No one could ever come out and say what they meant. It had some interesting concepts about fairies and the supernatural, ideas I'd like to see some bolder author wrestle with, but that's the best I can say for it. I read the whole thing - I'm stubborn that way - but even the denouement was indistinct and dizzy and unsatisfying.
This is another book that I bought because of the great reviews it was getting. I may be impatient, but this book is painfully slow. The hazy, indistinct magical stuff going on all over the place feels meaningless. Crowley's achievement, for me, was to make magic feel boring.
ONLY 3.8 STARS???
The most incredible book I have ever read, and the only book that I have ever read Three times. If there is one book that I wish I could claim to have written, it is this one. I would give it six stars if I could. Seven, even.
It's difficult to praise "Little, Big" enough. Original, whimsical, written in a style that begs repeated readings in order to savor the prose style and wallow in the characterizations. Forget genre fantasy, Crowley belongs on the short list of high literary fabulists, along with masters like Mark Helprin, Salman Rushdie and Tom Robbins. "Little, Big" is intellectually and emotionally stunning, the kind of book that a chance encounter with 28 years ago when I was in college lodged itself in my mind and remained there till recently, when I picked it up again and found that it was, in fact as wonderfilled as I remembered. Not for fans of fantasy, but for anyone who loves good writing and touching, original stories.
This book is like the TARDIS: Bigger on the inside! It's a gentle, winding story that follows several generations of a family whose lives are intertwined with the fate of Faerie and whose lives are touched by magic. Very sweet!
This was a very good and complex fantasy novel. Though I often felt lost, especially with repeating and similar names, I enjoyed learning about the world of Edgewood, and its inhabitants.
This book FEELS magical, because it IS magical. I read it slowly and savored every word. This is a masterpiece, I want to give a copy to every reader I know.
I can't even begin to describe what this book is about, so just let me say that this is the most magnificent book I have ever read. I have read it three times now, and have loved it more every time. Unbelievable. I would give it a hundred stars if I could.