Sunday, November 01, 2009

Ten of the best rats in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan compiled a list of ten of the best rats in literature.

One novel on the list:
Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

No book has more effectively demonised our rodent neighbours. "The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world." For Winston Smith, this can mean only one thing: rats! At the very thought, he is a broken man.
Read about another novel on this list.

Nineteen Eighty-four is #7 on a list of the 100 best last lines from novels. It disappointed Neil deGrasse upon re-reading. The book made Daniel Johnson's five best list of books about Cold War culture, Robert Collins' top ten list of dystopian novels, Gemma Malley's top 10 list of dystopian novels for teenagers, and is one of the top ten works of literature according to Stephen King.

--Marshal Zeringue