Monday, September 20, 2010

Ten of the best umbrellas in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named a list of ten of the best umbrellas in literature.

One book on the list:
Amerika, by Franz Kafka

Young Karl Rossmann is on a ship arriving in New York. As it docks he realises that he has left his precious umbrella below deck. He goes below to find it, and soon gets lost. The umbrella search becomes duly Kafkaesque, leading to encounters with a series of odd individuals who will shape his fate.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Amerika is one of Arthur Phillips' six favorite books set in places that their authors never visited.

--Marshal Zeringue