The Little Book

The Little Book

Large Print - 2009
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"This is the extraordinary tale of Wheeler Burden, California-exiled heir of the famous Boston banking Burdens, philosopher, student of history, legend's son, rock idol, writer, lover of women, recluse, half-Jew, and Harvard baseball hero. In 1988, at forty-seven, Burden--still his modern self--is suddenly wandering in a city and time he knows mysteriously well: fin de siécle Vienna. There he soon acquires appropriate clothes, money, lodging, a mentor in Sigmund Freud, and a surprising insight into the war-hero father he never knew"--Cover, p. 4.
Publisher: Detroit : Thorndike Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9781410412676
Branch Call Number: L.P. Fic Edwa
Characteristics: 697 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Nov 23, 2013

This is a highly imaginative, dang fine yarn. If you like stuff that messes with the laws of nature a little plus includes fondly woven images from a foreign place and long past era this should entertain you.

Nov 01, 2013

Really good read. I enjoyed the characters and all the historical detail. Very interesting plot line.

joymasters Oct 17, 2013

Although the main character did have a somewhat unhuman amount of talents, I don't care. I loved the fantasy amd being transported into late 19th century Vienna. I truly felt as though I was there; meeting all of those fantastic characters, seeing all the gorgeous historical sites and tasting the richness of sachertorte and coffee. I could even smell the cigarettes! That could also be attributed to reading in a NYC park, but you get the picture.

Thank you Selden Edwards for creating a beautiful, sensory time machine.

sharonb122 Mar 27, 2013

This book was quite fasinating with all the details, historical references and different time periods. It was a very lively discussion at "Bookies." I found some of it humorous. Such as in the past the grandfather was the youngest and grandson the oldest. Also, it had similarities to a soap opera with trying to figure out who begat who. It reminded me of "Forrest Gump" because of all the coincidents. It was unrealistic that the main Character had so many diverse abilities and of course was expert at all--even taking credit for the philosipher's brilliant book. It was very interesting to learn the true facts about Vienna and that so many things and people came together there in 1897. The book was confusing as to the mix of truth and fiction. The historical backdrop of the troubles brewing behind the mask of gayity and art. The end was surprising and brought many questions.

thart Mar 25, 2013

Read for the fiction Crystal Lake Public Library book club for March 2013. We had a Skype session with the author who was interesting, friendly, and answered our questions well, even when we picked on him a bit for being so Freudian in the book! We liked the book and thought the characters were o.k. but we thought he gilded the lily and over did it when he threw in Mark Twain for a moment too. That made more sense to us though when we talked to him, because he shared a story where a friend said "hey, did you know Mark Twain was there at that time in Vienna too?" And he decided he better put it in so if people asked why he did not include Mark Twain he would not have to answer that by putting him in there. I was convinced that they were all dead about a quarter of the way into the book, sort of as a "people you will meet in heaven" or God help me "Lost" sort of thing, and I asked him about that during the Skype session. He did say that many native American groups and tribes do believe you live these moments out at the moment of death and then just sort of sweetly smiled and eluded me a bit. Smart guy :) He did say there is a follow-up book (kind of fast since this one took 17 years to write) and that it opens with a whopper on the first page. I will not put it down here in case that would be a spoiler. I am considering reading the next one but with my crazy schedule it is tough to get in the two books a month for my book clubs as is, so I will have to see, maybe over the summer months...I also wanted to mention he showed us a wooden Frisbee his wife had made for him as a present, which I thought was fun and sweet, and very nice of him to share it with us! It was a total pleasure to speak with him over Skype for our group, great guy!

Aug 21, 2012

Fantastic premise, but exceptionally slow in parts and I'm often left wondering whether there is anything that Wheeler Burden can't do? After all, he's a sports hero, a rock legend, an author, and generally inspiring to everyone who meets him - sometimes it's just too unbelievable.


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Aug 21, 2012

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Jul 15, 2010

From the inside front cover flap (approximately):

[large]An irresistible triumph of the imagination more than thirty years in the making,[/large]

([italics] The Little Book[/italics] is a breathtaking love story that spans generations, ranging from fin de siècle Vienna through the pivotal moments of the twentieth century. )

[italics] The Little Book [/italics] is the extraordinary tale of Wheeler Burden, California-exiled heir of the famous Boston banking Burdens, philosopher, student of history, legend’s son, rock idol, writer, lover of women, recluse, half-Jew, and Harvard baseball hero. In 1988 he is forty-seven, living in San Francisco. Suddenly he is—still his modern self—wandering in a city and time he knows mysteriously well: fin de siècle Vienna. It is 1897, precisely ninety-one years before his last memory and a half-century before his birth.

It’s not long before Wheeler has acquired appropriate clothes, money, lodging, a group of young Viennese intellectuals as friends, a mentor in Sigmund Freud, a bitter rival, a powerful crush on a luminous young American woman, a passing acquaintance with local celebrity Mark Twain, and an incredible and surprising insight into the dashing young war-hero father he never knew.

But the truth at the center of Wheeler’s dislocation in time remains a stubborn mystery that will take months of exploration and a lifetime of memories to unravel and that will, in the end, reveal nothing short of the eccentric Burden family’s unrivaled impact on the very course of the coming century. [italics] The Little Book [/italics] is a masterpiece of unequaled storytelling that announces Selden Edwards as one of the most dazzling, original, entertaining, and inventive novelists of our time.


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