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The World's Largest Man: A Memoir

by Harrison Scott Key

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Hilarious, tender, rough memoir of growing up and a father who was so very big, and strong, and 'manly,' and so very different than he... ( )
  SaraMSLIS | Jan 30, 2016 |
This book by Key is well worth reading. It tells the, often humorous, story of his relationship with this father. There are many trials and tribulations and misunderstandings, even yes, some hatred. BUT, there is also at the end a more complete understanding of the love that has bound them together over all the years. His family was raised quite differently from many and he had his struggles to grow beyond his upbringing, and this story is well worth the read. I enjoyed it.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern" ( )
  whoizme8 | May 8, 2015 |
Pretty dang funny. It's a testament to Key's writing ability that he turns normal life experiences i.e. dealing with your parents, hunting, getting married, etc into hilarious anecdotes. The things that make these stories a bit off-kilter is the fact the author grew up in Mississippi, which while this is not a Faulkner novel, it is populated with some bizarre characters.
Key writes in deadpan, absurdist style that reminded me of Jack Handey (Deep Thoughts of SNL).
If you like David Sedaris, you'll like this book. The only difference is you get the impression that you'd much rather hang out with this author than Sedaris. To get an idea of the author's writing before you pick up the book, search "Fifty Shades of Greyhound" about the author's interstate bus trip. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy either memoir or books about South. ( )
  cblaker | Mar 5, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062351494, Hardcover)

The riotous, tender story of a bookish Mississippi boy and his flawed, Bunyanesque father, told with the comic verve of David Sedaris and the deft satire of Mark Twain or Roy Blount, Jr.

Harrison Scott Key was born in Memphis, but he grew up in Mississippi, among pious, Bible-reading women and men who either shot things or got women pregnant. At the center of his world was his larger-than-life father—a hunter, a fighter, a football coach, “a man better suited to living in a remote frontier wilderness of the nineteenth century than contemporary America, with all its progressive ideas, and paved roads, and lack of armed duels. He was a great man, and he taught me many things: How to fight, how to work, how to cheat, how to pray to Jesus about it, how to kill things with guns and knives and, if necessary, with hammers.”

Harrison, with his love of books and excessive interest in hugging, couldn’t have been less like Pop, and when it became clear that he was not able to kill anything very well or otherwise make his father happy, he resolved to become everything his father was not: an actor, a Presbyterian, and a doctor of philosophy. But when it was time to settle down and start a family of his own, Harrison started to view his father in a new light, and realized—for better and for worse—how much of his old man he’d absorbed.

Sly, heartfelt, and tirelessly hilarious, The World’s Largest Man is an unforgettable memoir—the story of a boy’s struggle to reconcile himself with an impossibly outsized role model, a grown man’s reckoning with the father it took him a lifetime to understand.

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