The Resource The Big House, George Howe Colt

The Big House, George Howe Colt

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
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Colt, George Howe
Dewey number
974.4/92043/092
Index
no index present
LC call number
F72.C3
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Colt, George Howe
  • Colt family
  • Historic buildings
  • Vacation homes
  • Cape Cod (Mass.)
  • Cape Cod (Mass.)
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The Big House, George Howe Colt
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OverDrive eBook
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781439124918
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
EB00571192
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Stock number
7B56FB1D-7DEC-4569-87BA-D96C439AC987
System control number
(OCoLC)884736643
Label
The Big House, George Howe Colt
Link
Publication
Note
OverDrive eBook
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781439124918
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
EB00571192
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Stock number
7B56FB1D-7DEC-4569-87BA-D96C439AC987
System control number
(OCoLC)884736643

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