Moh itibaren 110, Tayvan, 台北市信義區敦厚里
First person narrative of a woman: born large, mother died in childbirth, she grows large (a giant) but is misunderstood and feels unloved most of her life. How she grows up, copes with all the sadness, cruelties, and disappointments of life, make this a good read. Secrets are suggested, then unfolded in a quietly believable way. With topics included as homosexuality and assisted suicide, this could be a good discussion book for some groups, or a controversial one for others.
I can't even count the number of people who have told me this book is their absolute favorite. While being rather captivating and original, I don't think it stands up to the praise it's received over the years. I'm curious how many people who are raving about it have read it recently or if they are just going by a memory. There is also a general anti-female tone that comes out occasionally, seemingly contradicting the rest of the story. I thought I was imagining it, but after some research it seems I'm not alone in that thought. Definitely a good book and definitely worth reading. If it weren't for the stellar ending this would have been a 3-star for me. Still debating whether or not to spend my time with the sequel.