Sunday, July 05, 2009

Ten of the best shipwrecks in literature

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

One title on the list:
The Odyssey by Homer

Odysseus is freed from Calypso's island by the command of Zeus, and sails for home. But Poseidon, his divine foe, sends a great wave crashing over his boat, "which then went to pieces as though it were a heap of dry chaff tossed about by a whirlwind". Our hero clutches a plank and is wafted ashore Phaeacia by a breeze sent by Athena.
Read about another shipwreck on Mullan's list.

--Marshal Zeringue