Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Love Stories

The Guardian recently interviewed the novelist Esther Freud and asked her to name her top 10 love stories.
It's led me to think about my favourites; here are 5 of them:

1) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Who says love has to make sense? What I like about Wuthering Heights is how OTT it is, from the dramatic gothic setting of the moors to all its crazy protagonists. A story of how thwarted love can bring out the worst in people and consume them with revenge for the rest of their lives. I don't know why this is romantic, but it is.

2) Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
A story of how lovesickness is like a malady, an illness you suffer from when you can't be with the one you love. Thankfully, it's a tale of second chances too.  

3) The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Or what happens when an English butler with a stiff upper lip falls in love but can never brings himself to admit it. More of a story of longing than of love, but still heartbreaking nonetheless.

4) Atonement by Ian McEwan
I have to admit I prefer the movie adaptation to the book, but the love story portrayed in both was moving.

5) Essays in Love by Alain de Botton
More of a philosophical treatise on love, but it is illustrated via the narrator's relationship from start to end.

What is your favourite romance novel?*

*No Nicholas Sparks please.

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