The Resource The Big House, George Howe Colt, (electronic resource)

The Big House, George Howe Colt, (electronic resource)

Label
The Big House
Title
The Big House
Statement of responsibility
George Howe Colt
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this intimate and poignant history of a sprawling century-old summer house on Cape Cod, George Howe Colt reveals not just one family's fascinating story but a vanishing way of life. Faced with the sale of the treasured house where he had spent forty-two summers, Colt returned for one last August with his wife and young children. The Big House, the author's loving tribute to his one-of-a-kind family home, interweaves glimpses of that elegiac final visit with memories of earlier summers spent at the house and of the equally idiosyncratic people who lived there over the course of five generations. Built by Colt's great-grandfather one hundred years ago on a deserted Cape Cod peninsula, the house is a local landmark (neighboring children know it as the Ghost House): a four-story, eleven-bedroom jumble of gables, bays, sloped roofs, and dormers. The emotional home of the Colt family, the Big House has watched over five weddings, four divorces, and three deaths, along with countless anniversaries, birthday parties, nervous breakdowns, and love affairs. Beaten by wind and rain, insulated by seaweed, it is both romantic and run-down, a symbol of the faded glory of the Boston Brahmin aristocracy. With a mixture of amusement and affection, Colt traces the rise and fall of this tragicomic social class while memorably capturing the essence of summer's ephemeral pleasures: sailing, tennis, fishing, rainy-day reading. Time seems to stand still in a summer house, and for the Colts the Big House always seemed an unchanging place in a changing world. But summer draws to a close, and the family must eventually say good-bye. Elegant and evocative, The Big House is both magical and sad, a gift to anyone who holds cherished memories of summer
Title
The big house
Creator
Summary
A dual history of the Colt family and their summer house on Cape Cod recounts the house's construction one hundred years earlier, including five generations of family events and the family's last month in the house
Subject
Genre
Tone
Award
  • Award/Notable book
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2003
Biography type
contains biographical information
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158483
Cataloging source
B@L
Dewey number
974.4/92043/092
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a century in the life of an American summer home
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a century in the life of an American summer home
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George Howe Colt
Label
The Big House, George Howe Colt, (electronic resource)
Link
http://digital.arapahoelibraries.org/ContentDetails.htm?ID=7B56FB1D-7DEC-4569-87BA-D96C439AC987
Publication
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  • ALL_BRANCHES
Control code
ocn884736643
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781439124918
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b17438779
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Stock number
7B56FB1D-7DEC-4569-87BA-D96C439AC987
System control number
(OCoLC)884736643

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