Monday, September 20, 2010

Ten of the best umbrellas in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named a list of ten of the best umbrellas in literature.

One book on the list:
The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene

Bendrix, Greene's embittered narrator, recalls meeting his former lover's despised husband on Clapham Common. He has taken the wrong umbrella from the rack in the cramped hall of his block of flats. Soon the brolly springs a leak and rain runs down under his collar and he decides to join Henry, the cuckold, for a drink. More misery follows.
Read about another book on the list.

The End of the Affair also appears on Mullan's lists of ten of the best novels about novelists and ten of the best priests in literature, and Douglas Kennedy's top ten list of books about grief.

--Marshal Zeringue