Monday, March 2, 2009

Ten of the best funerals in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best funerals in literature.

One funeral on the list:
Middlemarch by George Eliot

Everyone has been waiting for Peter Featherstone's death, to see where all his money will go. The miser, "who would drive a bargain with his undertaker beforehand", leaves strict instructions about his funeral. He has derived a dying satisfaction from arranging a grand ceremony, and one that is as inconvenient as possible to his relatives.
Read about the other nine funerals on Mullan's list.

Are you a little unsettled for not having read Middlemarch? So are John Banville and Nick Hornby.

--Marshal Zeringue