Friday, June 29, 2012

Ten of the best horse races in literature

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

One entry on the list:
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

A novel dedicated to the workings of chance features a godly protagonist who is inducted into the delights of the races while an undergraduate at Oxford. Oscar appears an innocent, but has a gift for predicting winners. At every racecourse in the south of England he discovers that Providence is at work.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Oscar and Lucinda also appears on Mullan's lists of ten of the best fossils in literature, ten of the best thin men in literature and ten of the best card games in literature, the Guardian's list of ten of the best unconsummated passions in fiction, and Elise Valmorbida's top ten list of books on the migrant experience.

--Marshal Zeringue