He is a very eloquent and funny writer and they're a good mix of travel and social history.
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It is the story of Jekyll and Hyde, told from the housemaids prespective. Reply to this
I'm not a part of any organized religion, but this is one of my favorite books. It's about the missing period of Jesus' life in the bible. Moore's known for his imagination and humor and it all comes together with a human Jesus and his incorrigible best-friend, Biff. Hilarious and heart-warming.
- The God of Small Things about how small things are so important, and often overlooked within the shadow of big things.
- House of Leaves "I had one woman come up to me in a bookstore and say, 'You know, everyone told me it was a horror book, but when I finished it, I realized that it was a love story.' And she's absolutely right. In some ways, genre is a marketing tool." (from Wikipedia quoting Danielewski)
- The Eiger Sanction by Trevanian (who also has a lot of traveling in his novels + caving/rock-climbing)
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - I love the idea of a universal language across countries, religions, and ideas
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It is fairly easy to read, and very informative.
Bridget Jones Diary, by Helen Fielding
This is very light and entertaining, about the diary of a thirty something single women, living in London.
It is a fictional novel about how fictional British political characters behave. It portrays them in a pretty cynical way, that one would hope is being exaggerated for the sake of an entertaining read.
It is about a woman who inadvertently got caught up in radical politics in the US 1960s, and how it came back to haunt her and cause havoc in her life in the 2000s.
It is written by a man,about a female character ,with suprisingly good insight about women and motherhood.
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It is about a successful artist, trying to balance motherhood, making a living... with getting enough time and the right conditions for her art work.
It is very well written and won an Orange award. Mothers and all women for that matter who wonder if they can have it all may particularly like this book. Reply to this
Here's my selection of travel books that I've enjoyed on the road and since laying down the backpack (I don't do wheeled luggage!)
"The world's most perceptive travel writer"
"A book has a capacity to express a country’s heart – as long as it stays away from vacations, holidays, sightseeing and the half-truths in official handouts; as long as it concentrates on people in their landscape, and its dissonance as well as the melodies, the contradictions, and the vivid trivia – the fungi on the wet boots.”
Travel Writing: Why I Bother By Paul Theroux
Paul Theroux - father of BBC television journalist Louis and novelist Marcel, well I'm on a bit of a binge with him at the minute. He gets accused of mendacity, chauvinism as well as a perceived grumpiness but I think he's a great observer of people, things and cultures. Oh, and he's very good at aphorisms, which often makes me pause and smile (I even quote him on my travel blog profile).
I can heartily recommend his Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town, The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia and I'm reading his re-run of the same journey thirty years later, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the tracks of The Great Railway Bazaar
I have yet to read another of his most notable travel books, The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas but someone is retracing Mr Theroux's footsteps....
Another notable travel book I read was Eric Newby’s A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush (1958) which was very detailed, a bit posh and made silly disastrous mistakes look like a laugh. Marvellous.
Recently I was a quarter of my way through reading The Road to McCarthy by the late Pete McCarthy; I found it was terribly anecdotal as opposed to journey-led and took on the worse traits of Bill Bryson namely 'conversational banality'. Something I tried my damndest not replicate in my own travel blog...but hey, I'm not getting paid to be entertaining! McCarthy's first book that I'd read, McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland was pretty good though.
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Vagabonding by Rolf Potts - is about independently traveling the world, about taking time out of your "normal" life from weeks to years to explore, discover and experience the world on your own terms. He is a traveler on a shoestring budget.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson- a humorous view of a middle aged guy attempting to fulfill his dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail. A few laughs.
An Embarrassment of Mangoes by Ann Vanderhoof -- a Canadian couple ditch their jobs and sail the Caribbean for two years.
The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd-- a fun read, action packed, good guy vs. bad guy CIA hard ass type entertaining
Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese A novel about a medical family and the turmoils of Ethiopia. Lots of twists and turns
The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundareson A fascinating story of life in India in 1577 and the story of a family
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan The study and a bit of history weaved in an interesting prose -- the apple, the tulip, marijuana and potatoes.
A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Becomes History's greatest traveler by Jason Roberts
An amazing story of a blind man's travels
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It is about a women who has been married for 10 years and has 2 children, who has an affair. The book is especially interesting, because some of it is set in South Africa. I had no idea there is quite that much crime there. The story is fictional, but I think it is based on what can be realistic situations. The rest of the book(as much as I have read so far) is set in London, England. Reply to this
It is about a 15 year old girl who was married off to a middle aged man in Kabul. While she was living in Kabul with her husband, the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. Reply to this
It is about a spy, during the second world war. I dont usually read spy trillers, because I dont think I would usually enjoy them. But, this book is excellent. What got me interested is that how the spy got involved in spying and what she did during the war seemed believable for the first two thirds of the book. I could relate to the character and imagine myself doing similiar to what she was doing. Then the story got really scary, full of betrayal, to a life threatening level. As the book built me up to feeling like I could be the character in it, the bizarre happenings towards the end of the book scared the hell out of me. Great book, that I totally recommend. Reply to this
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach - her subjects are so fascinating, and her questions often quirky and disturbing.
The Wind-up Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi - Based in a dystopian Bangkok involving the environmental, economic, and cultural future of SE Asia and the world. A bit gruesome in parts, but I really enjoyed the credibility. Appreciate it all the more after experiencing Thailand and other parts of Asia.
Hyperion by Dan Simmons - Read it over a decade ago--great read! A knowledgeable sci-fi junkie said the rest of the series won't disappoint, so hopefully I will agree! Reply to this
Restless sounds good so hopefully I can pick that up before the summer is over and I like the sounds of Packing for Mars.
Have any of you read Water for Elephants? It is a good book. The movie has just been released and it is good also. The movie has done a nice job sticking to the book and not changing too many things. Yes, the book is better-- isn't that always the case? But, the movie was enjoyable also. Reply to this
Have any of you read Water for Elephants?
No, I didnt read that yet. :) Reply to this