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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.

Topics: Fairies, Magic, Folk and Fairy Tales, Destiny, Prophecies, Magical Realism, Adventurous, 1980s, Urban, and Speculative Fiction

Published: HarperCollins on May 22, 2012
ISBN: 9780062124043
List price: $11.14
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The reader enters the world of the Drinkwater/Barnable family who live in an enchanted wood in a house of many doors. They have a tale to live and a destiny that is tied to the Faery world. The reader who falls into this romantic world of dreams and enchantments and comes to the end, may find a strong desire to begin the tale again.read more
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I feel like I missed out on this one because of all the fantastic reviews I'd read of it before I began. This isn't just fantasy. It's a huge, all-encompassing tome of a book with so many different sub-plots and themes working alongside one another that you really need to devote time and energy to it. Having read it just the once, I can say that I liked it and I see the potential for it becoming even more intriguing after a couple of re-reads. One to keep coming back to.read more
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The reader enters the world of the Drinkwater/Barnable family who live in an enchanted wood in a house of many doors. They have a tale to live and a destiny that is tied to the Faery world. The reader who falls into this romantic world of dreams and enchantments and comes to the end, may find a strong desire to begin the tale again.
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I feel like I missed out on this one because of all the fantastic reviews I'd read of it before I began. This isn't just fantasy. It's a huge, all-encompassing tome of a book with so many different sub-plots and themes working alongside one another that you really need to devote time and energy to it. Having read it just the once, I can say that I liked it and I see the potential for it becoming even more intriguing after a couple of re-reads. One to keep coming back to.
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Confesstion time - I picked up this book simply because of the cover. The fantasy genre is not something I read on a regular basis - as a matter of fact, this may the first and only fantasy book I have or will ever read. Having said that, this sublime book is so beautifully written that I often wonder why I don't read more books like this. Then I realized that no other book could possibly capture the essence of what living amongst the fairies in the enchanted woods and the daily lives of those that can see them. Each character is artfully and carefully drawn and the whole story just pulls you in. I recommend this book to anyone who isn't sure they will enjoy something from this genre. I know they will be as pleasantly surprised and captivated as I was.
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An epic story about a family caught at the interface between two worlds - that of man and fairies. Or are they? The book is ambiguous. For much of the novel the reader and the characters are kept guessing about what is actually going on. Are there fairies? Do they mean harm or good? Is there a war, or not? Even after reading the book, I am still not sure what really happened. Like the world of the fairies, the book is ambigous and ephemeral.
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Ok, some Crowley I love and some Crowley...not so much. Unfortunately this one, the book that most consider his masterpiece, falls into the latter category for me. As always Crowley's mastery of prose is readily apparent, but you know what? This is a pretty dull book. Granted the kind of long, ambling family history that Crowley is writing here is rarely full of slap-bang action, but the pace here is often glacial and while there are, as always, sparkling moments studded throughout the book I just kept waiting for _something to happen_! I plan to re-read this, hopefully sometime soon, to see if time has changed my opinion of _Little, Big_ since it's been quite a few years since I read it, but I have to admit that given the size of the tome, and the number of other books on my to-read list, I sometimes cringe at the thought.
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