Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ten of the best zoos in literature

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

One novel on the list:
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

If we are to believe the novel's psychopathic yuppy narrator, Patrick Bateman, the nastiest of all his many murders is committed, appropriately, at New York's Central Park Zoo. Strolling through the menagerie, he encounters a small child whose mother is briefly distracted and duly dispatches him. He leaves the zoo with his "hands soaked with blood", unapprehended as ever.
Read about another book on Mullan's list.

American Psycho appears on Nick Brooks' top ten list of literary murderers and Chris Power's list of his six top books on the 1980s. It is a book that Nick Cross "Finished Reading but Wanted My Time Back Afterwards."

--Marshal Zeringue