Sunday, 28 February 2010

Lenten literature...

It may have only been eleven days, but I'm sure there are many already guiltily reaching for the biscuit tin and raiding the cupboards. Self-imposed rationing is a painful thing, both for those doing it and also for their friends, whose duty it is to listen to all the subsequent complaining, albeit whilst tucking in themselves. It's Lent again, and a small ounce of discipline is all that stands in the way of losing a few pounds, but for many characters in literature the lack of food is not through choice. From Dickens to Tolkein, this latest Guardian quiz examines the various degrees of literary starvation.

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