Little, Big

Little, Big

Book - 2006
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John Crowley's masterful Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood--not found on any map--to marry Daily Alice Drinkawater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house that is many houses on the magical border of an otherworld. It is a story of fantastic love and heartrending loss; of impossible things and unshakable destinies; and of the great Tale that envelops us all. It is a wonder.

Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 2006
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics ed
ISBN: 9780061120053
Characteristics: 538 p., 16 p. : ill., geneal. table ; 23 cm


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tarauaine May 31, 2017

A favourite from my younger years that I reread to capture the magic again. Totally charming.

Nov 12, 2016

I fell in love with this book years ago and each time I re-read it I find that it has not lost its magic. Give yourself time to sink into - get lost - in this book. Each reader will find in it his/her own gems - I know I have.
Jessie May

Part fantasy, part endearing love story, John Crowley's saga "Little, Big" is not a casual reader. The story unfolds and then folds back onto itself, like a Mobius strip taffy candy. If you enjoyed "100 Years of Solitude" or "The Time Traveler's Wife", this gem might be for you! Recommended by Michele

Feb 07, 2016

One of my favorites. Magical in subject and mood, this sprawling novel is thoroughly absorbing and beautifully written.

Sep 10, 2013

Award winners may be interesting books that deserve to be singled out, but truly not something I want to give space to in my head or on my bookshelf.

Jun 21, 2011

As you can see from some of the other comments, this book is hard to describe. You will either like it, or not, but don't give up too quickly. It takes a little while to set the hook. Some of Crowley's writing is so beautiful it begs to be read out loud. Smoky and Daily Alice join Henry and Clare (The Time Traveler's Wife)as two of literature's most memorable lovers.

Sep 27, 2010

When anonymous Midwestern city boy Smoky Barnable locks eyes with long tall Daily Alice Drinkwater, it is love at first sight. Following a strange but quaint set of instructions (eat food that is made not bought; pack a suit that is old not new), Smoky walks to Edgewood?not found on any map?to marry Alice, live in the rambling Drinkwater house that is built in every style, and become part of this singular family?s history. The house was designed by great-grandfather John Drinkwater, an eccentric architect and author with a theory about concentric worlds within worlds. Daily Alice and her sister Sophie spent their childhood frolicking with Uncle Auberon, a man who devoted his life to capturing photographic evidence of the elusive ?they? who dwell in the wilderness that surrounds the family home. Two of the Drinkwater children, Alice?s son and Sophie?s daughter, leave the ancestral home to embark on big, strange, wondrous adventures in the big city and in the wild wild wood. And enigmatic Aunt Cloud endlessly consults her much-sought-after deck of cards and traces the Drinkwaters? progress through the unending story of life. The Drinkwaters are without doubt a magical family, and Little, Big is without doubt a fantasy novel of unparalleled beauty and style. Author John Crowley writes a lyrical prose as he tells the fanciful, whimsical saga of this almost mythical family and the various magical boundaries, fairy realms, and other-worlds that its members encounter and inhabit. Full of moments of wonder, clarity, and mystery, Little, Big is a fine, graceful, wandering fantasy story that you?ll want to read again and again and linger over and make last as long as you possibly can.

Jul 14, 2010

I really liked this book, but it was written in kind a maze like form, or an onion. Folding in upon itself over and over, kind of like Gabriel Garcia Marquez in a way. But not.
So you felt like you were having deja vu. It was best then, to read it in one read, as you could get lost.

Jul 12, 2010

I really enjoyed this book, even though it was quite the saga and at times I lost track of what was going on. The atmosphere and the language kept me engaged until I found my place again. (Word to the wise: try not to put this book down for too many days in a row.)


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