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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Giant's House
  • Elizabeth McCracken
  • English
  • 08 December 2017
  • 0061120162

10 thoughts on “The Giant's House

  1. Melki Melki says:

    Love Poem for a Librarian Although her love for me is infinitesimal,Her eyes are as Dewey as any old decimal. The plot is simple, and wonderfully strange a librarian, a woman used to being ignored, and taken for granted Nevertheless, I was the town librarian less a woman that a piece of civic furniture, like a polling machine at town hall, or a particularly undistinguished WPA mural falls hard for a young, book loving boy who suffers from gigantism I did not love him like a b Love Poem for a Librarian Although her love for me is infinitesimal,Her eyes are as Dewey as any old decimal. The plot is simple, and wonderfully strange a librarian, a woman used to being ignored, and taken for granted Nevertheless, I was the town librarian less a woman that a piece of civic furniture, like a polling machine at town hall, or a particularly undistinguished WPA mural falls hard for a young, book loving boy who suffers from gigantism I did not love him like a brother I did not love him like a son And though I loved him because of his body, it wasn t his body I loved, not the body of some man I dreamed would hold me, a body containing secrets that would somehow transform my own.I loved him because I wanted to save him, and because I could not I loved him because I wanted to be enough for him, and I was not.Along the way there are some wonderful quotes about life, and reading I believe people fall in love based not on good looks or fate but on knowledge Either they are amazed by something a beloved knows that they themselves do not know or they discover common rare knowledge or they can supply knowledge to someone who s lacking Nowadays, trendy librarians, wanting to be important say, Knowledge is power I know better Knowledge is love.Books remember all the things you cannot contain.The idea of a library full of books, the books full of knowledge, fills me with fear and love and courage and endless wonder.McCracken s librarian character, a rational woman who is thrown for a loop by a baffling, overwhelming emotion has one of the most original voices I ve encountered in fiction Kudos to the author for spinning a weird, improbable tale, and making it palatable


  2. Idarah Idarah says:

    This is one of the strangest, loveliest books I ve read thus far Staring at my hardcover edition lying on my coffee table, I realize why it I purchased it in the first place It has a simple bright orange dustjacket, and it stands taller and narrower than its shelf counterparts no doubt a tribute to the larger than life protagonist of this novel.Peggy Cort is a twenty six year old librarian in a small Cape Cod town in 1950 When she meets James Sweatt, a tall eleven year old boy and still gr This is one of the strangest, loveliest books I ve read thus far Staring at my hardcover edition lying on my coffee table, I realize why it I purchased it in the first place It has a simple bright orange dustjacket, and it stands taller and narrower than its shelf counterparts no doubt a tribute to the larger than life protagonist of this novel.Peggy Cort is a twenty six year old librarian in a small Cape Cod town in 1950 When she meets James Sweatt, a tall eleven year old boy and still growing , she immediately feels a connection and love for him By his eighteenth birthday, James is well over eight feet tall, and is showing no signs of stopping Over time, the two form a deep, complex friendship two lonely misfits searching for something they can t define.McCracken has a beautiful way with words At times caustic, at other turns gentle and caressing, it s hard not to be captured by this simple story Peggy, inaccessible to people and love in general, opens herself up to James, and to readers She s intelligent, and funnyand she breaks your heart I just love her I love the way she loves It s so selfless and all consuming By now you are tired of me insisting, but it wasn t sex. Well, it was, in this way all I wanted was to become a part of him, to affect him physically Maybe that s all anybody ever wants, and sex is the most specific and efficient way to achieve it.But that night I did not want sex I wanted to drape myself over his body and be absorbed, so when I left and I knew I would have to , we would average out two moderately cold people, two moderately sickly people, two well, two extraordinarily tall people Still the two tallest people you d ever seen But we d have each other, we d share the burden


  3. Alison Alison says:

    While the book is undeniably well written, I couldn t like the main character much A lonely woman who falls in love with the young giant James Sweatt when he is eleven failed to capture my sympathy The book just seemed to be missing some spark of life, its passion seeming narrow and melancholy It didn t help that Peggy makes it clear early on that James isn t going to survive And the ending seemed purely unnecessary and improbable.


  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    I wasn t expecting to like this book I m into dreamy romanticism, not wry humor, not stark, unadorned realism But, I love this book.I love the cynical, obviously but not stereotypically autistic narrator I love the metaphors and archetypes I love the astute commentary on prejudice, on relationships, on the rigidity of social norms I even love the photograph of Elizabeth McCracken, looking nervous and awkward, with frizzy hair and red, sullen lips Not like the prim, pastel authoress yo I wasn t expecting to like this book I m into dreamy romanticism, not wry humor, not stark, unadorned realism But, I love this book.I love the cynical, obviously but not stereotypically autistic narrator I love the metaphors and archetypes I love the astute commentary on prejudice, on relationships, on the rigidity of social norms I even love the photograph of Elizabeth McCracken, looking nervous and awkward, with frizzy hair and red, sullen lips Not like the prim, pastel authoress you usually find smiling, and casually leaning, on book jackets I love the wry humor I love the whole thing


  5. Rachel Rachel says:

    Dear Peggy, I did not have fun in your head Let s not do this again Sincerely, Rachel If you have been searching high and low for a book that tells the unfulfilling love story between a morose librarian and a boy with gigantism half her age who she s known since he was 12, then LOOK NO FURTHER And, as you can see from my rating, the librarian is not the only person who left this book unfulfilled.I don t want to hate on this book too much, though, because it s really unique and the author is Dear Peggy, I did not have fun in your head Let s not do this again Sincerely, Rachel If you have been searching high and low for a book that tells the unfulfilling love story between a morose librarian and a boy with gigantism half her age who she s known since he was 12, then LOOK NO FURTHER And, as you can see from my rating, the librarian is not the only person who left this book unfulfilled.I don t want to hate on this book too much, though, because it s really unique and the author is an awesome writer with a very individualized style There is no other book like her s And the story is interesting You DO want to know what happens to James, already six feet tall when you meet him as a middle schooler and who continues to grow through the book If anyone else has ever written a book about a boy growing up with gigantism, I have yet to read it And his life is compelling and awful at the same time You care about James, you really do.However, McCracken created possibly the most unlikable main characters in the librarian, which is sad, because every librarian I have ever known is extremely likable and not, in fact, embittered against the world Peggy said librarian wanders around having internal monologues about how unlovable a person she is and boy is she right and talking about how small her life is but she likes it that way but she s narrating, so you suspect she s lying about that until you just want to scream FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CAN SOMEONE ELSE NARRATE THIS STORY I HATE YOU TOO, PEGGY Even when Peggy falls in love with James, which is simultaneously slightly sweet and extremely creepy, she is awful Internally awful, but since we can t sadly escape her head, WE know how awful she is, jealous of everything that shows an interest in James, from the high school girl who goes on walks with him to the freakin cat SHE S JEALOUS OF THE CAT The plus side is, Peggy s also a pretty unique character That doesn t make her enjoyable AT ALL but at least it helps propel the book along So, although I never threw this book down with disgust, it was one of those books that I was pleased to finish because it was finally over Also, the ending is weird If you get there, you ll know what I mean


  6. Von Von says:

    This is still one of my top 5 favorite books of all time Elizabeth McCracken s style of writing is really beautiful She has an unapologetic way of presenting a person s deepest innermost flaws, while simultaneously giving you every opportunity to fall in love with them I fell in love with the main characters in this book, over and over again I gave this book to a friend and bought myself another copy, which I ve referred repeatedly I don t know that I plan to read it again, but I can t imag This is still one of my top 5 favorite books of all time Elizabeth McCracken s style of writing is really beautiful She has an unapologetic way of presenting a person s deepest innermost flaws, while simultaneously giving you every opportunity to fall in love with them I fell in love with the main characters in this book, over and over again I gave this book to a friend and bought myself another copy, which I ve referred repeatedly I don t know that I plan to read it again, but I can t imagine my life without this book living on my shelf


  7. Kyli Kyli says:

    spoiler alertBefore I say anything else, I have to say that Elizabeth McCracken is a literary ballerina she is in love with words and her use of them could not begraceful or defined The Giant s House is written in first person and I get the feeling that many of the thoughts opinions are her own Her intellect and wisdom had me reading and rereading sentences because many of them were so deep, so meaningful that they deserved a minute orof reflection a piece Other reviewers me spoiler alertBefore I say anything else, I have to say that Elizabeth McCracken is a literary ballerina she is in love with words and her use of them could not begraceful or defined The Giant s House is written in first person and I get the feeling that many of the thoughts opinions are her own Her intellect and wisdom had me reading and rereading sentences because many of them were so deep, so meaningful that they deserved a minute orof reflection a piece Other reviewers mentioned that Peggy s character aggravated them that they felt she was too woe is me , too focused on feeling unloved I agree that it wasn t an easy read in that sense I found myself wantingfrom the character As deep a thinker as she was, she was still an emotionally undeveloped person though McCracken s writing itself could not have been better developed and that made it difficult to connect with her at times However, that was the point of this story and it became a bitclear to me towards the end James, a boy with his own reasons for solitude, becomes Peggy s outlet and fills a void that, as Peggy said herself, she couldn t let anybody else fill There was a line in there somewhere about how maybe she loved him selfishly, loved him because he wouldn t be around to love for long She mentioned that maybe that was the only type of love she could handle Regardless of the reasoning behind it, James becomes that person and she becomes a much needed constant in his bizarre world Its an exchange that probably ended up saving both of their lives at different points in the book I wanted to give this book 4 stars, because the writing is beautiful beyond words and the story won t be one I soon forget, but the truth is, even so I found myself feeling bored and impatient in the middle It started to get a little monotonous and just when it reached some sort of climax, it fell back down and soon after that the story comes to an end The last few chapters were a quick read updates on what happens after James s death I didn t mind the romance between Peggy James s father, because I understood the emotional reasons behind it and it seemed realistic enough And I even thought that the pregnancy was an interesting way to wrap things up Peggy s insistence on it being James s baby was realistic, because by this time we ve gotten to know and understand the depth and complexities of her love for him I liked that in doing that, she gave James a legacy that he couldn t otherwise have fulfilled.I guess that s what I liked most about it aside from all of the beautiful metaphors and pieces of wisdom that James is a boy who s disability has taken so much from him and Peggy is a grown woman who, in a way, has taken so much from herself I like that relationship that there could be a line of understanding between two people like that I just kept finding myself wishing thathad happened between them, not necessarily romantically, but emotionally I wish somehow James had gotten Peggy to open up or to evolve in some way or that she made a deeper emotional impact on his world I know that probably would have made the story less realistic, but as it was, it fell short for me It just didn t feel like enough at times.Also, I have to mention that the scene in the shoe store with James s feet. McCracken is such an amazingly detailed writer that I seriously dry heaved reading that I don t think I ve ever read something so grotesque in my life It s a mental picture that will probably never leave me Just a warning If you get to the part that mentions feet, you may want to stop right there.My favorite quote in the book ended up being one by James s father It s absolutely beautiful and something I ve thought of myself, except of course, I could never put it in words like McCracken has People become immune to love like they become immune to any disease Either they had it bad early in life, like chicken pox, and that s that or they keep getting exposed to it in little doses and build up an immunity or somehow they just don t catch it, something in them is born resistant I m immune to love and poison ivy Overall I d says its definitely worth the read It was a memorable story and despite the areas where it dragged, the writing carried it enough to keep me reading


  8. Diana Diana says:

    Space is the chief problem Books are a bad family there are those you love, and those you are indifferent o idiots and mad cousins who you would banish except others enjoy their company wrongheaded but fascinating eccentrics and dreamy geniuses orphaned grandchildren and endless brothers in law simply taking up space who you wish you could send straight to hell Except you can t, for the the most part You must house them and make them comfortable and worry about them when they go on trips Space is the chief problem Books are a bad family there are those you love, and those you are indifferent o idiots and mad cousins who you would banish except others enjoy their company wrongheaded but fascinating eccentrics and dreamy geniuses orphaned grandchildren and endless brothers in law simply taking up space who you wish you could send straight to hell Except you can t, for the the most part You must house them and make them comfortable and worry about them when they go on trips and there is never enough room As a circulation aide in my college town public library, i can t help but deeply appreciate, and often laugh at, McCracken s description of librarian neurosis Yet, while some may find it hard to empathize with the lonely, cynical Peggy, it is her rare true self reflection still tinged with egocentricity that endears you to her, and at times, forces you to pity her McCracken does a brilliant job of peeling back the judgments and nuances of a character s psyche even one who is deathly afraid of what she will find


  9. Liz Liz says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here If you have not heard of Robert Wadlow, he IS James Sweatt and was a very real man which is why I cannot respect the author for labeling the book a work of fiction I immediately recognized the similarities to him when I started the book but waited until I was done to look at his Wikipedia page I haven t read about him since I was a child, so I was appalled at the number of similarities including Exact cause of death, height and similar age at the time of death, working for a shoe store and get If you have not heard of Robert Wadlow, he IS James Sweatt and was a very real man which is why I cannot respect the author for labeling the book a work of fiction I immediately recognized the similarities to him when I started the book but waited until I was done to look at his Wikipedia page I haven t read about him since I was a child, so I was appalled at the number of similarities including Exact cause of death, height and similar age at the time of death, working for a shoe store and getting free shoes, appearing for the Ringling Brothers, wearing leg braces, being buried in a cement coffin for fear of having his body stolen, fighting a doctor who published very similar negative findings about him, erecting a life size statue of him after his death, his interest in being a lawyer, the cause of his height, being the tallest man in the world, and very similar measurements at the same ages including being a normal size at birth Oh and go to thegiantshouse.com and you will not find this book but rather a website about Robert Wadlow s house.As such, I am extremely disappointed that the only interesting parts of this book were lifted from a real person leaving the original character of Peggy as the most boring person I have ever read about James was too good for her


  10. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I am addicted From the moment I began reading I m only on page 35 , I was hooked Lock, stock and barrel Wow Perhaps it s the time of year Perhaps it s the stunning freshness of style, compassion for her topic, perception of life, dexterous use of metaphor, imagery, irony and humor I underline, annotate, circle on and on her aphorism, truths about single women, truths about librarians, truths about favorite patrons and the need to be needed The need to impart, share, and advise patrons in I am addicted From the moment I began reading I m only on page 35 , I was hooked Lock, stock and barrel Wow Perhaps it s the time of year Perhaps it s the stunning freshness of style, compassion for her topic, perception of life, dexterous use of metaphor, imagery, irony and humor I underline, annotate, circle on and on her aphorism, truths about single women, truths about librarians, truths about favorite patrons and the need to be needed The need to impart, share, and advise patrons in finding information, identifying reading material and simply communicating to the public is so huge I am glad that I have found Elizabeth McCracken My pen has a lovely blue ink When it runs out, I shall take out a new one and continue making the book mine


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The Giant's House An unusual love story about a little librarian on Cape Cod and the tallest boy in the world, The Giant s House is the magical first novel from the author of theALA Notable collection Here s Your Hat, What s Your HurryThe year is , and in a small town on Cape Cod twenty six year old librarian Peggy Cort feels like love and life have stood her up Until the day James Carlson Sweatt the over tall eleven year old boy who s the talk of the town walks into her library and changes her life forever Two misfits whose lonely paths cross at the circulation desk, Peggy and James are odd candidates for friendship, but nevertheless they soon find their lives entwined in ways that neither one could have predicted In James, Peggy discovers the one person who s ever really understood her, and as he grows six foot five at age twelve, then seven feet, then eight so does her heart and their most singular romance The Giant s House is an unforgettably tender and quirky novel about learning to welcome the unexpected miracle, and about the strength of choosing to love in a world that gives no promises, and no guarantees


About the Author: Elizabeth McCracken

Librarian Note There isthan one author by this name in the Goodreads database.Elizabeth McCracken born 1966 is an American author She is married to the novelist Edward Carey, with whom she has two children August George Carey Harvey and Matilda Libby Mary Harvey An earlier child died before birth, an experience which formed the basis for McCracken s memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination.McCracken, a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, graduated from Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts, and holds a degree in library science from Simmons College, a women s college in Boston McCracken currently lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she is an artist in residence at Skid College She is the sister of PC World magazine editor in chief Harry McCracken.