Look at that – over a month and a half in and I’ve reached the halfway point of the 30 Days of Books. Yay me. Good thing I’m not writing these on a deadline. Sheesh.
Day 15 – Favorite male character
Lots of possible selections come to mind. I could easily pick Day 03’s Bernie Gunther – the hard-boiled, wise-cracking detective who navigates pre- and post-war Germany while trying to keep his head on his shoulders.
I think when I was younger I would have chosen Mhoram from Stephen R. Donaldson’s first Thomas Covenant trilogy. Wise, but by no means perfect, Mhoram represented the “better self” that Covenant could have aspired to if he’d have accepted The Land and let go of his own self-loathing.
I think today though, I choose Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird – a fair-minded man who did what was he knew was right despite considerable social pressure to “go with the crowd”. He’s a good parent without being indulgent. Finch is smart without being condescending. And perhaps more important than being erudite, he’s empathetic – admonishing his kids (and everyone else in town) to approach a situation while looking at another’s viewpoint. Maybe in this celebrity-obsessed and dumb-downed society, I want to see more people value intelligence, grace, open-mindedness and compassion.