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on September 18, 2003
Well, yes, this is a good book. It's been hailed as a literary masterpiece and it probably is. However, the book has no plot. There is no real sense of "conflict" that drives the characters. There is no real "resolution" to what passes for plot in LITTLE, BIG. No real character growth or epiphanies in the end.
What is exceptional about this book is, as everyone has pointed out, the stellar quality of the actual writing. Its almost a 700 page lyrical poem. Because it has no plot, you can open the book anywhere and start reading, set it aside, open it up tomorrow at a different place and it won't make any difference to your comprehension of the story. No one chapter is contingent on the chapter that precedes it. No one chapter ever really resolves anything.
Also its fantasy elements are very few and far between. Only Crowley's prose style keeps the fantasy element alive just by the lyrical nature of the writing itself. You _know_ you're in a fantasy world; but much of the time nothing ever really happens and very little of the novel stays with you after you're done.
Yet, this is a book to be recommended, if only as a sui generis type of literary fantasy. I think Crowley wanted to write something like Garcia Marquez's ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE, but overshot the goal in LITTLE, BIG. (He certainly can't match Garcia Marquez's gift for the fantastic.)
I can't tell you how often I wanted the book just to end . . . and how many times it could have ended at any one place but didn't. Honestly I can't say that I enjoyed this book. But I was impressed by it.
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