Saturday, February 12, 2011

Ten of the best cases of seasickness

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

One book on the list:
Villette by Charlotte Brontë

Crossing the Channel on board the Vivid, Lucy Snowe meets pretty, fashionable young Ginevra Fanshawe. Will she be seasick? "Oh, immensely! as soon as ever we get in sight of the sea: I begin, indeed, to feel it already." Ginevra leaves our dauntless heroine to enjoy fantasies of liberation on deck. "Day-dreams are delusions of the demon. Becoming excessively sick, I faltered down into the cabin."
Read about another novel on the list.

Villette also appears on Mullan's lists of ten of the best teachers in literature and ten of the best priests in fiction.

--Marshal Zeringue