Sunday, June 16, 2019

Top ten father figures in literature

Allison Pataki is the New York Times bestselling author of The Traitor's Wife, The Accidental Empress, Sisi: Empress on Her Own, Where the Light Falls, Beauty in the Broken Places, and Nelly Takes New York.

At HuffPost she tagged ten top reads about great father figures in literature, including:
To Kill a Mockingbird: The name Atticus Finch might as well be synonymous with the title of “world’s greatest dad.” And of course Gregory Peck did even better things for the character when he played the role in the 1962 on-screen adaptation. In this Harper Lee classic, set in the 1930’s in racially-segregated Alabama, Atticus Finch teaches his two children, Scout and Jem, of the importance of respecting each individual, regardless of their skin color or socioeconomic status. Atticus, a widower, holds true to his principles even when to do so means to face social ostracism and outright threats. It’s hard not to be inspired by Atticus Finch and his quiet, humble brand of integrity and strength.
Read about another entry on the list.

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--Marshal Zeringue