"Remembering a man's stories makes him immortal" - Edward Bloom
Today's book for discussion at my book club group was Big Fish.
Here is a description from the book cover:
"In his prime, Edward Bloom was an extraordinary man. He could outrun anybody. He never missed a day of school. He saved lives and tamed giants. Animals loved him, people loved him, women loved him. He knew more jokes than any man alive. At least that’s what he told his son, William."
This is not a book I would have chosen to read on my own, and I can't say I thoroughly enjoyed it. But it was interesting and innovative.
It's about a son (William) trying to understand his elusive father (Edward), as the father is dying. Using the few facts he knows, William re-creates Edward’s life in a series of legends and myths, through which he begins to understand his father’s great feats and his great failings. The result is hilarious and wrenching, tender and outrageous.
The book has been made into a movie and is also a Broadway play.
What interesting books have you been reading?