Wednesday, February 17, 2021

25 actually pretty happy couples in literature

The Lit Hub staff compiled a list of twenty-five "truly happy couples in literature," which is not so easy "especially when you aren’t just talking about the ending." One entry on the list:
Nick and Nora Charles in The Thin Man

For all their wobbly, boozy nights, Nick and Nora Charles have one of the steadiest relationships I’ve ever encountered in literature. Despite that these characters are associated with a gigantic film series, they only appear in one story, the fizzy highball of a murder mystery novel, The Thin Man. Nick is an ex-PI, and Nora is an heiress, and the two spend their days drinking, sleeping in, shopping, visiting with friends, playing with their dog Asta, and ultimately, solving a murder. Maybe it’s all the money and/or all the liquor, but they are extremely chill—nothing fazes them or causes a rift between them. Through all the wisecracking, flirting, and bantering, they deeply support one another. Cheers to a spirited couple like no other! –Olivia Rutigliano, CrimeReads Assistant Editor
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Thin Man is among John Mullan's ten best thin men in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue