Can you identify the famous literary work represented in the photograph above? Here are a couple of hints:
• You have definitely read this novel. It’s one of the most widely loved novels of all time.
• A person is killed, during one of the novel’s climactic scenes, by the forked road near the top right of the photo.
• The vast expanse in the photo’s center, which appears to be a work of geometric modern art, provides one of the novel’s central metaphors.
This image has been seen before but has never before, as far as I know, been connected to or identified as related to the famous novel it depicts. I had to do some research and make some educated guesses to ascertain the exact spot myself, and I will explain my reasoning in the post to follow.
I spotted this image while browsing a historical map site referred to me on Twitter. The photo was taken in 1924, and I will reveal its source and link to the very cool map website when I reveal the identity of the spot in the next post.
Please post your guesses by commenting. Just to keep it interesting … I will not publish any comments until I reveal the answer, because it would ruin the fun if a commenter gave it away. I wonder how many of you will guess it!
FOLLOW-UP: the answer is revealed here.