Sunday, March 7, 2010

Ten of the best bells in literature

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

One novel on the list:
Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo

Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer, lives in the belfry of Notre Dame and has been made deaf by the bells. He loves ringing them, "long morning serenades, which lasted from prime to compline; peals from the belfry for a high mass, rich scales drawn over the smaller bells for a wedding". But when he encounters the beautiful Esmerelda, he abandons the bells for a greater love.
Read about the other bells on the list.

Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of Jessica Duchen's top ten literary Gypsies.

--Marshal Zeringue