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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 time...love 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?



Tietjens is an inspired choice.

Faulks has been annoying me too. What he got to Lady Chatterley I switched off. I detest that book.
I feel I should read it. But I know I wouldn't like it! (Same goes for Tess of the d'Urbervilles.)
As I mentioned at the end of a long, rambling posting a few years ago, the Aragorn and Arwen plot arc in Lord of the Rings is pretty compelling.

Arthur and Fenchurch in So Long and Thanks for all the Fish are pleasingly unconventional. It's the only love story Douglas Adams ever wrote, so far as I'm aware, and he did it rather well.
Ooh, yes, he did, didn't he? Now I want to read that one again (it's much less well-thumbed than the previous volumes).
Yes, I was going to mention Arthur and Fenchurch; Arthur's subsequent heartbreak/grief in Mostly Harmless, as part of the love story, is very affecting too. I done a cry every time I read that book.
Oh, the randomness and unfairness of it! Yes.
I've only read P&P (and half of "Wuthwering Heights") from that list. So much to read, so little time to do it in...

I personally adore Rochester and Jane's rather strange and twisted relationship in "Jane Eyre". That's my favourite from the more classic books.

Sam Vimes and Sybil are pretty darn awesome in the "Discworld" series, too. Heheh. ;)
Aww, yes they are!

I haven't read Jane Eyre either! That's one I really must get round to.