Monday, October 3, 2011

Ten of the best fat men in literature

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

One entry on the list:
Casper Gutman

The appropriately named villain of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon is a hugely obese man who tries to get Sam Spade to find the jewel-encrusted avian figurine for him. Gutman is a smooth-talking sadist who brutalises his own daughter and whose rolls of fat bounce as his expressions change.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Maltese Falcon appears on Mullan's list of ten of the best femmes fatales in literature and among Janet Rudolph's ten favorite San Francisco-backdropped crime novels.

Also see Mullan's list of ten of the best thin men in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue