Monday, December 31, 2018

Ten of the best New Years in literature

John Mullan tagged ten of the most notable New Years in literature. One title on the list:
Middlemarch by George Eliot

The Vinceys throw a party on New Year's Day, and one of the guests, the kind vicar Mr Farebrother, sees the tensions that go unperceived by his jolly hosts. Rosamond has become bored by her husband; Lydgate is preoccupied by his money problems; Fred Vincey is jealous of Mr Farebrother's attentions to Mary Garth. Happy New Year.
Read about another book on the list.

Middlemarch also made Boris Kachka's list of twenty-six very long books worth the time, Mary Gordon's list of ten desert island books, Kirsty Gunn's top ten list of books about unrequited love, Jeff Somers's top five memorable books set on New Year’s Eve (and Day), Lauren Groff's list of six favorite portrayals of marriage in literature, John Mullan's lists of ten of the best bankers in literature, ten of the best marital rows, ten of the best examples of unrequited love, ten of the best funerals in literature, and ten of the best deathbed scenes in literature. It is among Emrys Westacott's five top books on philosophy & everyday living, Selma Dabbagh's top 10 stories of reluctant revolutionaries, Philip Pullman's six best books, Rebecca Goldstein's five best of novels of ideas, Tina Brown's five best books on reputation, Elizabeth Kostova favorite books, and Miss Manners' favorite novels. John Banville and Nick Hornby have not read it.

--Marshal Zeringue