Friday, May 02, 2014

Ten literary heroes with odd names

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Alyssa Bereznak tagged ten literary heroes with weird names, including:
Atticus Finch, from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee pulled off the impressive feat of making a guy named Atticus a hero for the ages. The name even withstood the brief period in which members of ubiquitous 90s band Blink-182 sullied it to launch a skate-clothing company.
Read about another entry on the list.

To Kill a Mockingbird made Louise Doughty's top ten list of courtroom dramas, Hanna McGrath's top fifteen list of epic epigraphs, the Telegraph's list of ten great meals in literature, Nicole Hill's list of fourteen characters their creators should have spared, Isla Blair's six best books list, Lauren Passell's list of ten pairs of books made better when read together, Charlie Fletcher's top ten list of adventure classics, Sheila Bair's 6 favorite books list, Kathryn Erskine's top ten list of first person narratives, Julia Donaldson's six best books list, TIME magazine's top 10 list of books you were forced to read in school, John Mullan's list of ten of the best lawyers in literature, John Cusack's list of books that made a difference to him, Lisa Scottoline's top ten list of books about justice, and Luke Leitch's list of ten literary one-hit wonders. It is one of Sanjeev Bhaskar's six best books and one of Alexandra Styron's five best stories of fathers and daughters.

--Marshal Zeringue