Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Ten of the best cathedrals in literature

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

One novel on the list:
Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo

The cathedral is the central character in Hugo's huge historical novel. All his characters gravitate to it. Quasimodo is the bell-ringer and swings down on a rope from the towers of the Cathedral to rescue the Gypsy girl Esmerelda from the gallows. They seek sanctuary in the great church, but violence and death pursue them there.
Read about another cathedral on the list.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame appears among Jessica Duchen's top ten literary Gypsies and John Mullan's list of ten of the best bells in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue