Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Ten of the best noses in literature

For the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best noses in literature.

One novel on the list:
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

Rushdie's narrator is blessed and cursed by his facial protuberance. "Between my eyes it mushroomed, outwards and downwards, as if all my expansionist forces, driven out of the rest of my body, had decided to concentrate in this single incomparable thrust". The snag is that, in a world full of smells, his nose always seems to be blocked.
Read about another novel on the list.

Midnight's Children
also appears among Sheena Iyengar's six best books, Luke Leitch's ten most successful literary sequels ever, and John Mullan's list of ten of the best visits to the cinema in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue