In keeping with today’s holiday, Publisher’s Weekly printed a list of the ten worst fathers in literature. Number 1 on the list was Humbert Humbert. Number 2 is Ram Karan a character from Akhil Sharma’s An Obedient Father, who commits a horrible crime against both his daughter and his granddaughter. The entire (depressing) list is here.
|Gregory Peck as Atticus and Mary Badham as Scout in the wonderful |
film version of To Kill a Mockingbird. I've read that the two actors remained
close throughout Peck's life. Seeing this reminds me of my own good fortune.
After reading it, I wanted to come up with my own list of good fathers in literature. I seem to be able to think of only one: Atticus Finch. I’ve excluded those figures that appear as father figures, e.g., uncles and friends, as well as those that are dead or die shortly after the story begins. Other suggestions?