Monday, July 11, 2011

Ten of the best snakes in literature

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

One entry on the list:
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

Zealous Baptist Nathan Price takes his family to the Belgian Congo where he works as a missionary. Someone starts planting snakes in the homes of those who know them. One morning they find a curled-up green mamba and, as it slithers off, hear a shriek from Ruth May, the youngest of the four Price sisters. She has been bitten on the shoulder and dies as they watch.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue