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Little, Big by John Crowley
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Little, Big (edition 1983)

by John Crowley

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Member:GVassmer
Title:Little, Big
Authors:John Crowley
Info:Bantam (1983), Paperback, 627 pages
Collections:Vassmer Paper Media
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Good, but took a little while to get through. It's a bit different. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Apr 28, 2019 |
Smoky Barnable falls in love with Daily Alice Drinkwater and travels to Edgewood, her family home, a home which holds within it many houses and lies close to the border to the otherworld. Poetic and meandering story about several generations of the Edgewood family, which spreads out before the reader like a cobweb, the story and the family both. It has parts that I liked, but for the most part, the story-lines and characters were too "fluffy" to be engaging to me. Pleased I made it through, but wouldn't necessarily recommend. ( )
  -Eva- | Apr 12, 2019 |
It's the favorite book of so many people (including Harold Bloom!) but I couldn't take the glacial pace.
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
A 'friendly' book, and deep. one I've read so many times I had to buy a new copy.

a multigenerational family saga involving great love, with an alternate view of what we usually consider reality and history. large portions of mythology and folklore are involved, and anchored into everyday life - and into New York City, my home town.
  KimHanson | Jan 21, 2019 |
I HAVE VERY MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT ALL THIS
1 vote whatsmacksaid | Sep 21, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Crowley, JohnAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Canty, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carr, RichardCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fitzgerald, John AnsterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, YvonneCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lippincott, Gary A.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Malczynski, ElizabethCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A little later, remembering man's earthly origin, 'dust thou art and to dust thou shalt return,' they liked to fancy themselves bubbles of earth. When alone in the fields, with no one to see them, they would hop, skip and jump, touching the ground as lightly as possible and crying 'We are the bubbles of earth! Bubbles of earth! Bubbles of earth!'
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For Lynda
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On a certain day in June, 19--, a young man was making his way on foot northward from the great City to a town or place called Edgewood, that he had been told of but had never visited.
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The things that make us happy make us wise.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061120057, Paperback)

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.

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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.

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