NPR posted the list of 100 Best Characters in Fiction Since 1900 from the March/April issue of Book magazine (which really should be titled the 80 or so Best Characters in Fiction written in English, but anyway). Usually, with lists like these the fun starts with picking out what they left out. Let’s see. How about Frodo in The Lord of the Rings? Old Major in Animal Farm? Asya in In the Eye of the Sun? Stephen Kumalo and Absalom in Cry the Beloved Country? How about Tintin?

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