Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace

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Daniel Wallace’s novel describes the strange relationship between a father and his son. It examines a bond between two people who are close to each other and yet worlds apart. William Bloom, a young man, stands at the deathbed of his father. Edward Bloom has worked away from home and not been a part of his son's growing years. William suffers the angst of not having known his father as a person.

Edward, a passionate storyteller, decides to recount his life to his son. Father and son have a conversation on Edward's deathbed in which the mundane merges with the mystical. Edward's stories are full of fantasy elements—giants, witches, lost towns, and strange circuses. In all the narratives, he is a superhero. All he wants is to be an extraordinary man in the eyes of his son. As one story leads to another, William tries to separate fact from fiction.

William understands his elusive father's feats and failures. He reconciles himself to the imminent...

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