Sunday, August 02, 2009

Ten of the best swimming scenes in fiction

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

One title on the list:
The Beach by Alex Garland

Never in literature or life has so much time and energy been dedicated to finding a nice spot for a swim. Garland's novel about cool but doomed backpackers in Thailand is memorable for the exit from the perfect beach they have discovered – an underwater swim that makes all sensitive readers think they are about to drown.
Read about another swimming scene on Mullan's list.

The Beach also appears on the Guardian editors' list of the 50 best summer reads ever.

--Marshal Zeringue