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After reading this epic tale by Danial Wallace let me just start by saying that this book was a lot different than what I thought it would be. My thoughts were that this tail would be about a boy who's father was a highly successful man who bestowed his "thrown" to his son; and lived happily ever after. Boy was I wrong. Throughout this book I am stimulated by tales of bitter-sweet sorrow. "One man went crazy, ate rocks, died" (5 Wallace). "The day Edward Bloom was born, it rained" (7 Wallace). As well as profound testimonials from father to son such as, "remembering a man's stories makesimmortal, did you know that?' (20 Wallace).
Throughout this book, there are many instances where William and his father have deep conversations, and the son comes to realize that he does not know his father very well at all. All in all, the Bloom family seemed to live a charmed life. The Father was a successful businessman, the Mother was loving house wife; they had two cars in the driveway and a pool out back. William never really had to want for anything, exect for his father that is. Edward had traveled all around the Globe to all seven continents while the family remained at home. "I'd say I'd missed you" William would say, "if I knew what I was missing" (21 Wallace). The father accepted and even respect his honesty. William knew that there were many times that he wasn't there for his son. He was well aware that his ambitions would cause for him to make a sacrifice in his time spent with his family; but seemingly just his father, William used his home as a pit stop to somehwere else more new, challenging, and exciting.