Monday, July 26, 2010

Ten of the best nameless protagonists in literature

For the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best nameless protagonists in literature.

One novel on the list:
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

The African-American narrator of Ellison's postwar novel considers himself invisible, and the withholding of his name is a sign that he has no social identity. Ironically, having migrated from the south, he has become a political activist in New York, acquiring a "name" as a speech-maker. But his true self remains secret.
Read about another novel on the list.

Invisible Man
comes in second on the list of the 100 best last lines from novels; it is one of Joyce Hackett's top ten musical novels and one of Sam Munson's six best stoner novels.

--Marshal Zeringue