Monday, March 19, 2012

Ten of the best thunderstorms in literature

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

One novel on the list:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

There is a thunderstorm on the night Heathcliff overhears Cathy telling Nelly Dean she is planning to marry Edgar Linton. In despair, Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights, and the elements supply their descant. "About midnight, while we still sat up, the storm came rattling over the Heights in full fury."
Read about another storm on the list.

Wuthering Heights appears on Mullan's lists of ten of the worst nightmares in literature and ten of the best foundlings in literature, Valerie Martin's list of novels about doomed marriages, Susan Cheever's list of the five best books about obsession, and Melissa Katsoulis' top 25 list of book to film adaptations. It is one of John Inverdale's six best books and Sheila Hancock's six best books.

The Page 99 Test: Wuthering Heights.

--Marshal Zeringue