Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ten of the best balloon flights

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best balloon flights in fiction.

One title on the list:
Enduring Love by Ian McEwan

The best-known ballooning sequence in British fiction. Joe Rose is having a picnic in the Chilterns with his girlfriend and watching a hot-air balloon being prepared for an ascent. Suddenly it lifts free of its moorings with only a small boy in the basket. Joe and four others try to hold on to the balloon as it begins to lift. One of them holds on too long.
Read about all ten balloon flights on Mullan's list.

Enduring Love
also appears on Mullan's list of ten of the best examples of unrequited love in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue