Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Seven of the best comeuppances in literature

Having previously tagged seven favorite tales of revenge in literature at The Barnes & Noble Book Blog, Becky Ferreira has now come up with the best comeuppances in literature. (Revenge and comeuppance "definitely overlap," Ferreira points out, yet "revenges are engineered by mere mortals. Comeuppances, however, read as if the universe itself stepped in to make sure that justice is doled out properly.")

One entry on the list:
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Ouch! Is there any romantic comeuppance that hits quite as hard as that? Rhett Butler has finally had enough of Scarlett O’Hara, and wipes his hands clean of her never-ending parade of drama. Though there are times where the reader can’t help but root for Scarlett, there’s no denying the pure joy of seeing her not get her way for once in her life.
Read about another entry on the list.

Gone With the Wind is among Emily Temple's ten greatest kisses in literature and Suzi Quatro's six best books, and was a book that made a difference to Pat Conroy. It is on the Christian Science Monitor's list of the ten best novels of the U.S. Civil War.

--Marshal Zeringue