It's the story of a man who grows to become the tallest man in his country.
Being relatively tall myself, various passages resonated with me and reminded me of my own thoughts during my growth spurt. Maybe this is why I felt the character, despite his extraordinary circumstances, portrayed very realistically. A well-written #Bildungsroman which, notwithstanding its sad theme, feels rather uplifting.
This was also one of the books I tend to buy every year at random, not knowing anything about them except the little that is conveyed on the back cover, and through skimming over a few pages in the bookstore - a surprisingly good strategy, that has gifted me many pleasantly unexpected reading moments, and helps to break my bubble.
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