Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ten of the best: love at first sight

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best coups de foudre in literature.

One entry on the list:
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

At the railway station to meet his mother, Vronsky steps back to let a lady out of her compartment and glimpses her face. "In that brief look Vronsky had time to notice the suppressed eagerness which played over her face ... It was as though her nature were so brimming over with something that against her will it showed itself now in the flash of her eyes, and now in her smile". Their fates are sealed.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Anna Karenina also appears on Eleanor Birne's top ten list of books on motherhood, Esther Freud's list top ten list of love stories, Chika Unigwe's six favorite books list, Elizabeth Kostova's list of favorite books, James Gray's list of best books, Marie Arana's list of the best books about love, Ha Jin's most important books list, Tom Perrotta's ten favorite books list, Claire Messud's list of her five most important books, Alexander McCall Smith's list of his five most important books, Mohsin Hamid's list of his ten favorite books, Louis Begley's list of favorite novels about cheating lovers, and among the top ten works of literature according to Peter Carey and Norman Mailer. John Mullan put it on his lists of ten of the best births in literature, ten of the best ice-skating episodes in literature, and ten of the best balls in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue