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It was an ordinary day,like any other and a son gets a phone call that his father was dying. The son remembers his father's stories as he is going home. His father was Edward Bloom who was born during the driest summer in forty years. The year Edward turned nine it snowed in Alabama. He never forgot a name, your favorate color or face by the time he was twelve. Flash forward to his faher dying and Dr. Bennett who seems even older then his father tells him there is nothing he can do for Edward. So the son goes in to visit with his father who refuses to tell him anything but tall tales of his life because the truth would not be as interesting. Edward tells various tales as they try not to dwell on the fact that he is dying and as a traveling salesmen he has missed most of his sons life. The son demands to know what the real story behind the tall tales and gets angry when Edward won't tell him. Then Edward's time is up as he has a stroke, sadly the son sits by his bedside at the hospital.
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The review of this Book prepared by Dawn Binstock

William Bloom's father Edward is dying. And the trouble is, William feels like he doesn't really know who is father is. That's because Edward Bloom's entire life has been a series of tall tales and fables, legends and myths. And as Edward comes closer to death, Wliiam struggles to find out who his father really is, discovering near the end that it doesn't even matter, because his father is still an extraordinary man in his son's eyes.
The review of this Book prepared by Amanda Goodwin

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father (or standin) Family, caring for ill    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Father because he/she is    -   physically ill Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer    -   blue collar Age:    -   20's-30's    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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