Thursday, February 25, 2010

Top 10 jobs in fiction

Aifric Campbell is the author of The Semantics of Murder and The Loss Adjustor.

For the Guardian, she named a top ten list of favorite jobs in fiction. One item on her list:
Car salesman
The Rabbit novels by John Updike

When Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom reaches middle age he takes pleasure in knowing "that the earth is mortal too" as he looks out the car showroom window. From high school basketball hero, to linotype printer to car dealer, we grow up with Rabbit through the last four decades of 20th century America. Lyrical, brutal drama of the everyday and a true celebration of the human condition in all its wonder.
Read about another book/job on the list.

Rabbit, Run
figures among Julian Barnes' best books to travel with and is one of William Sutcliffe's top 10 relationship novels.

"[I]n the Rabbit books, [Updike] seems to me, more than any writer I can think of, the great American poet of death and loneliness."
--Whitney Terrell

--Marshal Zeringue