Books Featuring 70+ Year Old Characters

24 Festive Tasks: Door 16 – Human Rights Day, Task 2:

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Find 3 books on your shelves with protagonists or other key characters who are — or can reasonably be assumed to be — 70 years or older.

 

Admittedly fairly obvious choices, but anyway:

1. Miss Marple — who may or may not have cracked 70 at the beginning of the series (The Murder at the Vicarage, 1930) but is an elderly lady even then and must have been over 90 by the time the last book about her was published, some 46 years later (Sleeping Murder).

2. Allan Karlsson — the eponymous protagonist of The Hundred-Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared.

3. Little Nell’s Grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop.

Honorary mention:
Sherlock Holmes — who has retired and is keeping bees in the South Downs in The Final Solution, which is set in 1944.

 

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