Review: The World’s Largest Man
Here in the South, we value storytelling and don’t mind it when the storyteller exaggerates a little bit – as a matter of fact, we rather encourage it. Harrison Scott Key‘s memoir, THE WORLD’S LARGEST MAN is a wonderful example of that southern tradition and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Key was raised in Mississippi by an asphalt salesman dad and a teacher mom. His dad was a manly man who taught Key how to hunt and fight but Key preferred reading and grocery shopping. The two couldn’t have been more different and their relationship was tenuous at times. Determined to make his mark and prove how different he was from his father, Key went to college and earned degrees in English and playwriting.
Once Key married and had a family of his own, he reflected on his past and realized he’s not as different from his father as he first thought. THE WORLD’S LARGEST MAN is the story of his journey to that realization and an homage to his father.
I laughed my way through THE WORLD’S LARGEST MAN so wasn’t surprised to learn it won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Key’s dialogue is spot on as is his portrayal of a certain part of the southern population. There’s a reflective side to the book that will make readers think as well. Pick this book up when you need a good laugh!