Monday, August 23, 2010

Ten of the best pigs in literature

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

One novel on the list:
Lord of the Flies by William Golding

"Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!'" All those angelic choirboys become true primitives when they learn to hunt and kill wild pigs on the idyllic, hellish island. The Lord of the Flies – a rotting pig's head, stuck on a stick – presides.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Lord of the Flies
is on AbeBooks' list of 20 books of shattered childhoods and is one of the top ten works of literature according to Stephen King. It appears on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best pairs of glasses in literature and ten of the best horrid children in literature, and William Skidelsky's list of ten of the best accounts of being marooned in literature. It is a book that made a difference to Isla Fisher.

--Marshal Zeringue