Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ten of the best: visits to the cinema in literature

For the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best visits to the cinema in literature.

One novel on the list:
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

It's the 1950s, and "lover-boys and their leading ladies" are not allowed to kiss in Indian films, but the premiere of Uncle Hanif's film The Lovers of Kashmir presents a titillating alternative. Pia and Nayyar, the delectable lovers, keep kissing not each other "but things": apples, mangoes, cups of tea. The audience begins "to give off a low buzz of shock".
Read about the other entries on the list.

Midnight's Children also appears among Sheena Iyengar's six best books and Luke Leitch's ten most successful literary sequels ever.

--Marshal Zeringue