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The Giant's House: A Romance (edição 2007)

por Elizabeth McCracken (Autor)

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National Book Award Finalist The year is 1950, and in a small town on Cape Cod, 26-year-old librarian Peggy Cort feels like love and life have stood her up. Until the day James Carlson Sweatt--the "over-tall" 11-year-old boy who's the talk of the town--walks into her library and changes her life.  Two misfits whose lonely paths cross at the circulation desk, Peggy and James are odd candidates for friendship, but nevertheless, they find their lives intertwined in ways neither one could have predicted. And as James grows - six-foot-five at age 12, then seven feet, then eight--so does Peggy's heart and their most singular romance. This production includes a bonus excerpt from Elizabeth McCracken's next audiobook, Bowlaway.… (mais)
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Título:The Giant's House: A Romance
Autores:Elizabeth McCracken (Autor)
Informação:Dial Press Trade Paperback (2007), Edition: Reprint, 272 pages
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" . . . a library is a gorgeous language that you will never speak fluently. You will try every day of your life." p. 84. Quirky, endearing story of an unlikely love affair. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
McCracken is a great storyteller. That might sound like an obvious statement, but IMHO many writers, even good ones, are not necessarily that. Fiction can be compelling, and beautiful, and well crafted without necessarily really telling a story at all, let alone telling a story well. McCracken gives us Peggy as our narrator, introducing her as a repressed small-town librarian who loves the books, their order and unchangeability more than she loves anything in them. As we get to know her she turns out to have unexpected depths, a dry but truly amusing sense of humor, and some inarguably creepy characteristics. This is not completely subjective -- she falls in love with James a 12 year old when she is in her mid 20's, and she clearly states this is not a motherly or sisterly love, this is romantic love, and it is a love that becomes the center of her life until that child dies as a young man of 20. (James' death is revealed at the beginning, I have not spoiled anything. James has a pituitary disorder and he grows to be the tallest man in the world, his body taxed beyond its capabilites fails to work in the ways it must for a happy fulfilling life, and his personal tragedies are many, but James is a generally happy boy and later a generally happy man. This attraction is not of the prurient Humbert Humbert sort. Who knows what sparks it, but I expect it has something to do with the fact that in many ways James is a very ordinary man inside the body of a freak, and Peggy is a deeply freaky woman, a woman who calls herself fundamentally unlovable, inside the most ordinary of bodies/lives.

The story of James is fascinating, even if the man is not and Peggy is as compelling a guide as one could want. that said, the story goes off is some baffling and unfulfilling directions, the story of James' mother, for one, takes up a lot of real estate it does not deserve. Also, its not clear why Peggy becomes the woman she does. It would seem that she was not so wildly in love with her own unhappiness as a college student, and we meet her in her mid-20's, but the book never tells us what happened in the 5 years to change her. I also am not sure I was wild about the rather melodramatic resolution of the story -- Peggy's choice on how to deal with the group is out of character, and the repercussions seemed both obvious and implausible, which is weird. A good read, I enjoyed it, but not what it could have been with a little more craftsmanship. ( )
  Narshkite | Jan 6, 2021 |
It's a well written book with some sideshow appeal that I'm not proud to have been enticed by. I liked it, but in the end it didn't wow me. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
Beautifully written. McCracken's prose deserves the comparisons to poetic description. Peggy Cort is an interesting choice as a narrator. All that said, something was wanting. It might be James, who remains enigmatic to me and is essentially a lonely, freakish character who exists to give Peggy a reason to live beyond the well-defined borders of her library. And the ending seems both contrived and appropriate. A good, solid read with moments of beauty. ( )
  ChristopherSwann | May 15, 2020 |
Strange and quirky romance between an awkward librarian and an awkward giant. Definitely a peculiar story, but I found some of the reflections on the single life and feelings of isolation to be very real. ( )
  duchessjlh | Dec 31, 2019 |
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National Book Award Finalist The year is 1950, and in a small town on Cape Cod, 26-year-old librarian Peggy Cort feels like love and life have stood her up. Until the day James Carlson Sweatt--the "over-tall" 11-year-old boy who's the talk of the town--walks into her library and changes her life.  Two misfits whose lonely paths cross at the circulation desk, Peggy and James are odd candidates for friendship, but nevertheless, they find their lives intertwined in ways neither one could have predicted. And as James grows - six-foot-five at age 12, then seven feet, then eight--so does Peggy's heart and their most singular romance. This production includes a bonus excerpt from Elizabeth McCracken's next audiobook, Bowlaway.

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