: Have you noticed, as I have, that in most of
: contemporary fiction it is hard to find a really
: likable character? It is filled with melancholia,
: remorse, dark sexual secrets, abuse, betrayal, etc.
Yes, and even those who are likable are inevitably troubled. The struggle is within themselves rather than with external forces. I looked back at the books I had read in the last six months, and the only modern one with a likable protagonist (two, in fact) is 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. But even these characters are deeply flawed.
: Tony is
: certainly an unreliable narrator, a man who seems to
: be, in Pink Floyd's words, "comfortably
: numb": he's OK with everything and everybody,
That's another trend in modern fiction: the passive male, paired in most cases with an assertive female.
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