Monday, October 04, 2010

Ten of the best vendettas in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named a list of ten of the best vendettas in literature.

One entry on the list:
Grangerford vs Shepherdson

The young hero of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn escapes from his drunken father and flees down the Mississippi with runaway slave Jim. When their raft sinks our two adventurers are helped by the Grangerfords, and get sucked into their decades-long vendetta against the neighbouring Shepherdsons.
Read about another vendetta on the list.

Huckleberry Finn is among Katie Couric's favorite books, James Gray's six best books, and John Mullan's list of ten of the best child narrators in literature. It is one of Stephen King's top ten works of literature. Director Spike Jonze and the Where the Wild Things Are film team tagged Huckleberry Finn on their list of the top 10 rascals in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue