Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ten of the best thin men in literature

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

One entry on the list:
Oscar Hopkins

The red-haired 19th-century clergyman with a penchant for gambling who is one of Peter Carey's two leading characters in Oscar and Lucinda is nicknamed "Odd Bod" because he has the physique of a gawky scarecrow. Here at last is a thin man who is lovable for his physical (and emotional) awkwardness.
Read about another entry on the list.

Oscar and Lucinda also appears on John Mullan's list of ten of the best card games in literature, the Guardian's list of ten of the best unconsummated passions in fiction, and Elise Valmorbida's top ten list of books on the migrant experience.

--Marshal Zeringue