Alice Dryden (huskyteer) wrote,
Alice Dryden

Lovers of Literature

Saturday evening, my mum and I had a lovely time shouting abuse at Sebastian Faulks and disagreeing with his choices of great literary lovers.

His book picks were Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Lady Chatterley's Lover, The End of the Affair, The Golden Notebook and The Line of Beauty. To my shame, I had only read one of these (the Graham Greene) and hadn't even heard of the last one. But then, if a book is billed as a love story I'm unlikely to pick it up.

I started thinking about my own lineup, so here it is.

  • Christopher Tietjens, Parade's End. His love affair spans four books and starts ruining his life long before its eventual consummation.
  • Buck, The Call of the Wild: 'Love, genuine passionate love, was his for the first that was feverish and burning, that was adoration, that was madness, it had taken John Thornton to arouse.'
  • Lord Peter Wimsey. I may want to kill Harriet Vane with fire, but Wimsey's wooing is still enjoyable to read.
  • Don Quixote, who invents a love interest for himself and sets about pining away for her and getting in all sorts of trouble to impress an entirely imaginary woman. A lesson for us all.
  • Favourite literary lovers, anyone?

Tags: books

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