Thursday, May 28, 2009

There's a "Top 10" for Everything

Adam Leith Gollner, author of The Fruit Hunters, picked his "top 10 fruit scenes" in literature for the Guardian. Gollner explains his list:

Fruit were made for storytelling. Dripping with hidden significance, they provide an ideal rhetorical device. They seem so sweet and pure, yet beneath their tempting exteriors fruit can be as deceitful – and complex – as the knowledge of good and evil. Red hearts or black eyes, capsules of sunlight or crystal drops of blood, fruit are a mystery tool in the crafting of creative acts. The [chosen] literary fruit scenes shed light on the ways this ripe symbolism can seduce writers – and their subjects.

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