Apr 27, 2007

Memorable Book Quotes #1

According to my father, my mother's father had no hair anywhere on his body. He owned a farm in the country, where he lived with his wife, bedridden by then for ten years, unable to feed herself or talk, and he rode a great horse, as big as any horse there was, and black, with a spot of white on each of its legs just above the hooves.

He adored my mother. He had told amazing stories about her since she was little, and now that he was old and had lost some of his mind, it appeared that he had begun to believe them.

He thought she hung the moon. He actually believed this from time to time. He believed the moon wouldn't have been there but that she'd hung it. He believed the stars were wishes, and that one day they would all come true. For her, his daughter. He had told her this when she was little to make her happy, and now that he was old he believed it, because it made him happy and because he was so very old.
Daniel Wallace, Big Fish


  1. That's a nice passage! Looks like I'll be reading Big Fish this summer. :D

  2. Do read it - it's a lovely book, and it's also a fairly quick read.

    I love this passage. The language is simple, and yet it works so well. Every word feels perfect, and the final result is so tender, so moving - more so in the context of the book, of course. It just gives me this big sense of frailty, of the vulnerability attached to the fact that in old age, the role between parent and child can be somewhat reverted.

    On a side note, I sent you an e-mail to the contact on your blogger profile with a question about a book challenge. I hope you don't mind!

  3. Pardon my ignorance, but is this also from the film Big Fish? (Which I adored.) In any case, I like the quote, and I like the idea of using a whole post for a notable one. This is quite beautiful.

  4. It's in the book, but not in the movie, no.

    I adore the movie as well. The book is different, and when I read it for the first time I was disappointed, because the movie expands the story considerably and I was expecting to find those things in the book. But on a second reading, I was charmed. The writing is beautiful, and it's full of tender bits like this one. I highly recommend it.

  5. I love this book. I read it before I saw the film, and I love both dearly.

    Excellent choice of quote.


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