Monday, March 19, 2012

Ten of the best thunderstorms in literature

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

One novel on the list:
Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Esther is out walking in the woods with Mr Jarndyce and Ada after a spell of sultry weather when the storm suddenly breaks on them. They take shelter in a keeper's cottage, which they think is empty. But as they sit and listen to the storm, Lady Dedlock's voice comes from the darkness. Fatefully, she and Esther have met.
Read about the other storms on the list.

Bleak House is one of Ian Rankin's 5 favorite literary crime novels, Tim Pigott-Smith's six best books, James McCreet's top ten Victorian detective stories and one of Rebecca Ford's favorite five fiction books. It is on John Mortimer's list of the five best books about law and literature and John Mullan's list of ten of the best men writing as women, and is among the top ten works of literature according to Stephen King.

--Marshal Zeringue