Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Giants House

The central subject of Elizabeth McCracken's debut novel, The Giant's House, is the world's tallest man, although, for the vast part of the book, he is no more than a boy. With size 37 shoes, James Sweatt has a body that refuses to stop: "an ambitious body, beyond what they'd thought architecturally feasible". Like the real-life tallest man on record, Robert Wadlow, Sweatt is a small-town resident who suffers from an overactive pituitary gland that causes him to grow to almost nine feet, dooming him to an early death.- The Guardian