5 women authors pick their heroes
First we had 5 male authors talk about their favourite literary sheroes. This week, it’s a role reversal!
1. Bertie Wooster from Jeeves series
Picked by: Kiran Manral
“Traditionally Bhima has always been portrayed as a man with more brawn than anything else. But M.T.’s Bhima is a man who shrugs off his epic veneer and thus allowed me to realise how human his feelings are. And therefore how real. His frustrations and anger were mine; his triumphs and joys mine. I think I fell in love with this Bhima for he is one of those rare creatures – a kind man.”
“I love the character of Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind. He’s loving, caring, respectful of women, swashbuckling, has a sense of humour and is, of course, handsome too!”
“It’s been a while since I re-read it but right from the time I was in college, my favourite male literary character is Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities. The doomed lawyer, the bad boy-turned-do-gooder showed the promise of an intense lover too, which was sadly never fulfilled.”
“I have always loved math and I’m obsessed with memory, so it’s probably no surprise that one of my favourite literary characters is a mathematician with severe memory loss. In the Japanese novel, The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa, the Professor character is an elderly eccentric who displays a fierce, tender, and illuminating love for numbers and children.”