Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ten of the best cases of blindness in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best cases of blindness in literature.

One title on the list:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane supernaturally hears Rochester's voice calling her back to Thornfield. She returns to find her former "master" blinded in the fire that has destroyed his house and killed the woman who started it, his maddened wife Bertha. Now Jane can look after him (and marry him).
Read about another book on the list.

Jane Eyre also made the Guardian's top 10 lists of "outsider books" and "romantic fiction;" it appears on Lorraine Kelly's six best books list, Esther Freud's top ten list of love stories, and Jessica Duchen's top ten list of literary Gypsies, and on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best weddings in literature, ten of the best pianos in literature, ten of the best breakfasts in literature, and ten of the best smokes in fiction. It is one of Kate Kellaway's ten best love stories in fiction.

The Page 99 Test: Jane Eyre.

--Marshal Zeringue