Big Fish
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"Big Fish" Summary

By Daniel Wallace

fiction | 192 pages | Published in NaN

He could outrun anybody, and he never missed a day of school. He saved lives, tamed giants. Animals loved him. People loved him. Women loved him (and he loved them back). And he knew more jokes than any man alive.Now, as he lies dying, Edward Bloom can't seem to stop telling jokes -or the tall tales that have made him, in his son's eyes, an extraordinary man. Big Fish is the story of this man's life, told as a series of legends and myths inspired by the few facts his son, William, knows. Through these tales -hilarious and wrenching, tender and outrageous- William begins to understand his elusive father's great feats, and his great failings.


Estimated read time: 1 min read

One Sentence Summary

A son tries to separate fact from fiction in his father's larger-than-life stories.

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Big Fish FAQ

  1. What is the plot of 'Big Fish'?

    The plot of 'Big Fish' revolves around the complex and imaginative relationship between a father and son. The father, Edward Bloom, has a penchant for telling larger-than-life tales about his past adventures, while the son, William, seeks to uncover the truth behind these stories.

  2. Is 'Big Fish' based on a true story?

    No, 'Big Fish' is a work of fiction written by Daniel Wallace. While the novel explores themes of family, storytelling, and reality, it is not based on a specific true story.

  3. What are the major themes in 'Big Fish'?

    Some of the major themes in 'Big Fish' include the nature of truth and storytelling, the dynamics of family relationships, the passage of time, and the impact of imagination on reality.

  4. Is 'Big Fish' suitable for young readers?

    While 'Big Fish' is generally appropriate for teenage readers and above, it does contain some mature themes and complex emotional content. Parents may want to consider the individual maturity of their young readers before recommending the book.

  5. Was 'Big Fish' adapted into a film?

    Yes, 'Big Fish' was adapted into a film directed by Tim Burton, which was released in 2003. The movie received critical acclaim for its visual storytelling and emotional depth.