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Picaresque

ˌpɪkəˈrɛsk/

Adjective: picaresque

Relating to an episodic style of fiction dealing with the adventures of a rough and dishonest but appealing hero.

"A picaresque adventure novel"

The rascal, the lovable rogue, the rapscallion. An unorthodox literary hero often with villainous qualities. Roughshod yet endearing and at times dichotomous in his moral pathway, but all the while captivating.

The purist would also argue that the true picaresque tale should be told in the first person from the perspective of the wayward protagonist.

 

Don Juan
Don Juan
Don Quixote and Sancho Panza
Don Quixote and Sancho Panza
Flashman
Flashman
All 5 parts of the most inappropriately titled trilogy of all time.
All 5 parts of the most inappropriately titled trilogy of all time.
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Uncle Tom's Cabin
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