Monday, March 1, 2010

Ten of the best fogs in literature

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

One fog on the list:
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Marlowe and some mad pilgrims travel up-river in search of Kurtz and, as they get beyond the reach of colonialism, they see something strange. "When the sun rose there was a white fog, very warm and clammy, and more blinding than the night. It did not shift or drive; it was just there, standing all round you like something solid". From its heart they hear a cry "of infinite desolation". They are entering another world.
Read about the other fogs on Mullan's list.

Heart of Darkness
also appears on Tim Butcher's list of the top 10 books about Congo, Martin Meredith's list of ten books to read on Africa, Thomas Perry's best books list, and is #9 on the 100 best last lines from novels list.

--Marshal Zeringue