Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ten of the best examples of rowing in literature

For the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best examples of rowing in literature.

One novel on the list:
The Talented Mr Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith

Tom and rich Dickie decide to go for a little row off the Amalfi coast. What could be nicer? Except that it is rather hot and tempers fray, and isolated by all that sea water, a few home truths get told. And then conscience-less Tom decides there is another possible use for his oar...
Read about the other items on the list.

The Talented Mr Ripley is on Tana French's top 10 maverick mysteries list, the Guardian's list of the 50 best summer reads ever, the Telegraph's ultimate reading list, and Francesca Simon's top ten list of antiheroes.

--Marshal Zeringue