Synopsis (from Amazon)
William Bloom’s father, Edward, is dying. In his prime he was an extraordinary man: animals loved him, people loved him, women loved him; he was an inspired salesman – a visionary, in fact; and he knew more jokes than any man alive.
Or at least, that’s what he’s told his son. But Edward wasn’t really around that much and now, watching his father die, William grows increasingly desperate to know him before it’s all too late. In a wonderful sleight of hand, William re-creates his elusive father’s life in a series of legends and myths inspired by the few facts he knows. Through these tales, William begins to understand Edward Bloom’s great feats – and his great failings – managing to reckon with the father he’s about to lose. And find a way to say goodbye.
When I picked up Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination my boyfriend picked up Big Fish but he didn’t like it so he passed it on to me. I can kind of se where he is coming from, he thought it was just to fanciful *(says the guy who mainly reads fantasy books!). I suppose the way it was presented was like a biography but really most of the stories couldn’t be true (except for maybe the naked woman and the snake, cause, you know, naked women are always at risk from snakes…). Actually though I quite enjoyed the stories, although I found it easier to see them as short stories in their own right rather than as a longer narative. I enjoyed it well enough although it wasn’t really some great story. It was pretty humourous but it didn’t really seem to have that much of a point really.
I prefered the film.