Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ten of the best moustaches in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named a list of ten of the best moustaches in literature.

One entry on the list:
Ignatius J Reilly

A moustache is one element in the eccentric appearance of the protagonist of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces. "Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs". Ignatius claims that his sometimes "sneering moustache" filters out the stench of the world around him.
Read about the other moustaches on the list.

A Confederacy of Dunces also appears among Michael Lewis' five favorite books and on Cracked magazine's list of classic funny novels.

Also see: Ten of the best beards in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue