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Bildungsroman: noun - novel dealing with the subject’s formative years or spiritual education, also known as coming-of-age stories.
‘Among the many bildungsromans extant, I found Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man possibly the most overrated. J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, though flawed, succeeds in being a lot less boring, but The Kite Runner by Khaled Husseini is one of the best modern examples I’ve read.’