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... show more
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.
Publish date: October 17th 2006
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Pages no: 562
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
, Magical Realism
I kept wishing this book were more like Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell so badly that it severely disabled my ability to enjoy what I was reading or even observe it in any objective sense. An okay novel that is damaged, I think, by its "fable" tone--the characters seemed unknowable, inconsequential. ...
This book took me a really long time to read. That statement alone would probably turn a lot of people away from reading the book, and that's most likely for the best. It's not a book meant for everyone (if there really is such a thing). A gorgeous, dense and allusive novel that is surely fantasy ...
We imagine what kind of stories our lives will make as we live them. Through a combination of Memory and Clairvoyance we piece together what we think will be our story, our Tale. John Crowley weaves just such a Tale, a Tale which his characters constantly and explicitly try to piece together for the...
If "A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is really kinda about Beltane, and "The Tempest" had a love-child, it might be "Little, Big" by John Crowley. It came out in 1981 and is in the same Fantasy realm of world-building as Charles DeLint. I can definitely see how one must have influenced the other - ...
Original, Trite. Epic, Weak. Boring, Lively. Rambling, Unspoken. Significant, Inconsequential. Simple, Overwrought. Compact, Frazzled. Vivid, Tasteless. Vague, Determined. Wonderful, Blah. Little, Big. A two-word summary of Little, Big is in the title: a book of opposites. My review could be summe...