Monday, August 16, 2010

Ten of the best wicked uncles in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best wicked uncles in literature.

One uncle on the list:
Ralph Nickleby

In Dickens's youthful novel, Nicholas Nickleby's rich uncle Ralph is a thoughtful villain, whose "mental soliloquies" are always wound up "by arriving at the conclusion, that there was nothing like money". He is the evil genius of the novel, determined to ruin Nicholas, and made more villainous by his soft spot for his nephew's sister...
Read about another entry on Mullan's list.

Nicholas Nickleby is one of Paulette Jiles's 12 favorite books.

--Marshal Zeringue