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February 17, 2005

Little, Big

"In the winter, summer is a myth -- a rumor, a legend, not to be believed." — "Grandfather Trout" (John Crowley, Little, Big)

this quote pops into my head every so often; it's part of the lisa language. i couldn't remember where it came from, so i googled it when it popped into my head this afternoon. that made me think about the book it came from, which is an all-time favorite of mine.

i was startled to discover that the reviews of the book on amazon are over-the-top glowing, all stars filled in, and not bogus reviews but well written. funny since i've never known anyone else who has ever read it! because it's a fantasy novel, i rarely recommend it; i assume that most of my friends are not fantasy-tolerant.

i am myself not really all that fantasy-tolerant. much less than i used to be. the reason i love this book, though, is because the ideas are beautiful. the idea of a zodiac embedded in the tiles of a new york city subway station, which also has a whispering chamber. the idea of a groom having to travel on foot and depend on the kindness of strangers as he goes to meet his bride (not because he has no money, but because her family requires that he pass that gauntlet).

happily, a 25th anniversary edition is planned. i wonder if they will produce a tarot deck that mimics the deck used in the book? that would be cool. i wonder what sort of fanatic will purchase the $900 "lettered" edition? i think the $95 "trade" edition is more than pricey enough for me...

Posted by lisa at February 17, 2005 05:21 PM | TrackBack


A long time ago I picked up a book that had three Crowley stories in it (Beasts, Engine Summer, and Little, Big) for $2.99 Canadian at a drug store. Beasts wasn't really my thing, but Engine Summer had some very cool dialogue/lexicon in it. It's short, so if you haven't read it I'd say try it out too. :)

Posted by: Mike on February 17, 2005 05:46 PM

I loved that book when I read it, but it was so long ago that I don't remember it very well. I should get it out of the library and read it again.

Posted by: Sarah on February 17, 2005 05:48 PM

i have read engine summer... in fact, i think reading it lead me to picking up little, big.

in the summers when i was growing up, i'd visit my grandparents in maryland for two weeks every year. the first full day i was there, grandma would always take me to the library and i'd spend a lot of time reading while i was there. i worked my way through a LOT of stuff like this. i also found 'androids dream of electric sheep' in that library.

Posted by: lisa on February 18, 2005 09:16 AM

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