Where in the World are You Reading Now? pt 2

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Where in the World are You Reading Now? pt 2

1labfs39
maj 6, 2023, 3:50 pm

So where are you now? Feel free to share a bit about your current book and make sure to include the setting. Happy reading!

2labfs39
maj 6, 2023, 3:52 pm

My first book for May was set in Iran, during and after the Revolution. It's a book of magic realism called The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar.

3Cecilturtle
maj 7, 2023, 1:55 pm

Thanks for setting up the new thread!

I've left Norway in La Soif by Jo Nesbø, a Harry Hole mystery, and I'm sharing my time between Canada (Québec) in Un café avec Marie by Serge Bouchard and the Southern States with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a series of short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

4labfs39
maj 8, 2023, 7:22 am

I'm in Bulgaria and Vienna seeking a Time Shelter with Georgi Gospodinov.

5Tess_W
maj 11, 2023, 2:25 pm

I'm in a parish in England with George Elio learning about Clerical Life.

6Cecilturtle
maj 13, 2023, 8:18 pm

I'm back from Southern Rhodesia, today Zimbabwe, in The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing. Whereas most of the novel is set in England, there are key chapters in Africa that are intrinsic to the story, and were really my favourites.

7Willoyd
maj 15, 2023, 9:21 am

I'm in New Zealand, reading Potiki by Patricia Grace.

8labfs39
maj 28, 2023, 10:08 am

I haven't read much this month but have covered some territory: Bulgaria, Iran, NYC, and most recently England with Persuasion and Ireland with Foster.

9Dilara86
maj 31, 2023, 7:00 am

I am in Thailand, reading about the Thai upper class of the thirties in Les nobles by Dokmai Sot. And I've almost finished The mirror of my Heart, an anthology of Persian poetry by female poets from Iran or countries in the Persian cultural sphere of influence (in what are now Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan...)

10labfs39
maj 31, 2023, 7:56 am

Tanzania is in the throes of German colonialism in Afterlives.

11Tess_W
maj 31, 2023, 10:55 pm

I am in Eastern Texas in the throes of the Dustbowl in The Four Winds.

12Willoyd
jun 1, 2023, 4:02 pm

Have Remained in Paris but time-shifted. Was there for my last book earlier this century amongst Ivoirian immigrants with (Standing Heavy by GauZ, but have now shifted back just over a century to the city of Zola and La Curee (The Kill).

13Tess_W
jun 5, 2023, 10:37 am

I am in Manchester, England, where the Jacobite rebellion is being fomented in Mask of Duplicity by Julia Brannan.

14Cecilturtle
jun 14, 2023, 9:31 am

I'm hopping from the US to Sénégal in The Rooster Bar by John Grisham, and from the Dominican Republic to Sweden in Le Guerrier solitaire by Henning Mankell

15Tess_W
jun 16, 2023, 12:15 pm

Currently in Boston awaiting Saturnalia.

16Cecilturtle
jul 19, 2023, 11:03 am

I'm touring France, first in Bretagne Sur la dalle, the latest by Fred Vargas, and now in Paris with recent Nobel-prize winner Annie Ernaux in Les Années, which is her autobiography.

17Tess_W
Redigerat: jul 23, 2023, 5:12 pm

I'm in 8th century Gaul. But I believe we will be going to Spain with the Saracen Storm.

18rocketjk
Redigerat: aug 19, 2023, 12:13 pm

Just finished up Enigmas of Spring by Brazilian novelist Joao Almino.

19Tess_W
aug 19, 2023, 11:27 am

Somewhere in Northern England, I think Yorkshire, to serve the soldiers coffee and donuts. I am an Red Cross Clubmobile girl! Hope this Beantown Girl can make it to the continent!

20Willoyd
aug 23, 2023, 10:00 am

Am currently in Virginia, USA, reading Demon Copperhead both for a book group, and for my tour of the American states.

21labfs39
aug 25, 2023, 4:04 pm

I left Oklahoma and the Osage Nation in Killers of the Flower Moon and am now in Egypt with Woman at Point Zero.

22Cecilturtle
aug 26, 2023, 5:45 pm

I'm just coming back from Monaco in the charming Mémoires d'un tricheur by Sacha Guitry

23Tess_W
aug 26, 2023, 7:40 pm

I have returned to Holland after serving time in Bergen Belsen and try to take up where I left off in my fathers watch shop--biography of Corrie Ten Boom. The Watchmaker's Daughter by C.J. Archer

24labfs39
aug 29, 2023, 7:21 am

I seem to have developed Nervous Conditions after travelling in Zimbabwe with Tsitsi Dangarembga.

25Dilara86
aug 29, 2023, 8:16 am

26Willoyd
sep 7, 2023, 5:51 am

Gave up on Demon Copperhead - very disappointing. Have now travelled across the Atlantic to Ghana, and am reading The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah. A distinct improvement on reading so far!

27labfs39
sep 7, 2023, 7:24 am

The Exploding View uncovered some of the racism in South Africa after apartheid had ended, and now I'm in a maternity/fever ward in Ireland during the 1918 pandemic with The Pull of the Stars.

28Dilara86
sep 7, 2023, 8:00 am

I am in Argentina, where Elena knows, or suspects what happened to her dead daughter.

29Cecilturtle
sep 16, 2023, 12:16 pm

I'm leaving Japan in Niré by Aki Shimazaki to go to the Galapagos (my first time!) in Wish you were here by Jodi Picoult.

I enjoyed Niré because it is set in Yonago, a port on the Sea of Japan (North East of Hiroshima near the Daisen volcano). It presents a different lifestyle than the usual big city books.

30Dilara86
sep 16, 2023, 12:28 pm

>29 Cecilturtle: I've just wishlisted Niré :-)

I've just left the steppes of Kyrgyzstan (or a fairytale version of them) with Aventures merveilleuses sous terre et ailleurs de Er-Töshtük le géant des steppes and am now in the French-speaking canton of Valais in Switzerland, where Charles Ferdinand Ramuz describes a feud between German and French speakers in La séparation des races.

31labfs39
sep 16, 2023, 12:46 pm

I stopped off in Malawi to see The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and then spent some time in This Other Eden on Malaga Island, Maine.

32Cecilturtle
sep 18, 2023, 3:02 pm

>30 Dilara86: I'm a big fan of Shimazaki: her books can be read in one sitting but they are delicate and full of feeling; it's a style I really enjoy.

33labfs39
sep 18, 2023, 7:21 pm

I am now in NYC headed for Nice, France in Akin by Emma Donoghue.

34LamSon
sep 18, 2023, 7:30 pm

Mostly in Great Britian, disrupting a terrorist plot. Disruption: Inside the Largest Counterterrorism Investigation in History

35Willoyd
sep 19, 2023, 7:00 am

From Ghana to the UK for a book group read: reading Amy-Jane Beer's The Flow, about British rivers.

36Jackie_K
sep 19, 2023, 7:32 am

>35 Willoyd: The Flow won the 2023 Wainwright nature writing prize this week, I'm looking forward to reading it. I'm currently reading one of the other of this year's Wainwright-shortlisted books, Belonging: natural histories of place, identity and home by Amanda Thomson, which I already think is going to be my book of the year.

37Willoyd
Redigerat: sep 22, 2023, 5:21 pm

>36 Jackie_K: Yes, I saw that - one of the prizes I keep an eye on. It's been on my TBR shelf for a while, but it's actually a book group choice, partly because she's doing a talk at a local wildlife festival in October. The Thomson sounds instantly interesting. Im 2/3 the way through The Flow, and it's on already on my book of the year shortlist! Could be an interesting one this year!

38Tess_W
sep 30, 2023, 8:05 am

I just left a Dayton, Tennessee, courtroom where I watched The Trial of the Century. I, Agnes Grey, am now a governess at Horton Lodge in Yorkshire.

39labfs39
sep 30, 2023, 8:31 am

I made a quick stop at the Midnight Library then returned to Guatemala to meet The Polish Boxer.

40Willoyd
sep 30, 2023, 4:56 pm

I'm on the island nation of Nauru, reading a small anthology of writing called Stories from Nauru. Slim, but fascinating. I'll be finished later tonight - it's barely an evening's volume of reading.

41Cecilturtle
okt 10, 2023, 9:58 am

I'll be leaving Germany soon, Berlin and Munich, in The Scent of Secrets by Jane Thynne, a historical novel about an aborted plot against Hitler in 1938.

42labfs39
okt 11, 2023, 10:41 am

After the Polish Boxer, I travelled to Rwanda to visit Our Lady of the Nile, now I'm in New York City with Bellevue and Philadephia/Washington DC/Kentucky with Horse.

43Willoyd
Redigerat: okt 31, 2023, 8:46 pm

From Nauru, I went to Florida via Their Eyes Were Watching God, then on to a cruise ship travelling from New York to Buenos Aires in Chess Story, before travelling back to the US, in West Virginia this time, where I'm currently reading October Sky. All 3 books proving great reads!

44Tess_W
okt 19, 2023, 3:48 pm

After vising The Gardener of Baghdad I went to England with Elizabeth Gaskell on the Moors (and other places!).

45chlorine
okt 20, 2023, 11:31 am

>40 Willoyd: A book from Nauru is quite a find! May I asked how you were able to obtain it?

I'm currently in Samoa with Telesā: The Covenant Keeper by Lani Wendt Young.

This is a fantastical YA book in which a teenage american-samoan girl who was raised in the US comes to visit Samoa to learn about her mother who died when she was very young, and finds that her heritage is far more complicated than she imagined...

46Willoyd
Redigerat: okt 23, 2023, 6:13 pm

>45 chlorine:
I got it through abebooks from a dealer in California. Paid rather a lot for postage to the UK, making it perhaps the most expensive book per page I've ever bought (it's a very slim volume!), but it's rather compensated for by the sheer enjoyment/pleasure in having a book from that country on my shelves! I have to say, the Pacific Island nations has taken some planning and preparation, but I think I'm pretty much there now in terms of sorting out books to read. TBH, a couple of the small European nations (Monaco and Lichtenstein) proved rather more problematic in the end, and I'm having to brush up my language skills a bit to tackle them!

47chlorine
okt 27, 2023, 2:58 pm

>46 Willoyd: Thanks for your answer and congrats on your progress on Pacific Island nations!

48labfs39
okt 31, 2023, 7:47 am

After finishing Bellevue, the history of a hospital in New York City, I travelled to 1917 France with Captaine Rosalie. Now I'm in Palestine and Israel with Apeirogon and Germany/Hungary/Poland with My Brother's Voice.

49Willoyd
okt 31, 2023, 8:48 pm

Now in Paris, in 1862, reading La Curee (The Kill) by Emile Zola. Too early to count for my world tour though, which I've limited to post-1920 books.

50chlorine
nov 1, 2023, 3:35 am

>49 Willoyd: La Curée was a good Zola for me, enjoy!
I'm currently in China at the end of the 19th century/beginning of the 20th with Mémoires d'un eunuque dans la cité interdite (Memoirs of a eunuch in the forbidden city).

51Tess_W
nov 1, 2023, 4:41 am

Time traveling between helping Devlin and Falco who can Trust No One and in Colossae with Paul of Tarsus visiting the Colossians.

52Cecilturtle
nov 1, 2023, 11:17 am

I'm travelling the United States with Unsheltered by Barbara Kingslover in New Jersey and Dites-leur que je suis un homme by Ernest J, Gaines in Louisiana.

53Willoyd
nov 5, 2023, 1:00 pm

>50 chlorine:
About half way through and loving it! Although not part of my world tour, I am working my way through the Rougon-Macquart sequence, using the new Oxford World Classics translations, my French not good enough to appreciate and enjoy them (focusing those efforts on Maigret!). BTW, my French choice currently a toss-up between Life, A User's Manual and The Mandarins (partly because I have copies that I've been intending to read for a while!).

54chlorine
nov 5, 2023, 1:17 pm

>53 Willoyd: I'm also reading (slowly) my way through the Rougon-Macquart series, in the recommended reading order listed on the wikipedia page. The next one for me will be Une page d'amour.

55Willoyd
nov 5, 2023, 3:54 pm

>54 chlorine:
That's the order I'm reading them in as well. As you will know, La Curee is only the third on the list, so early days, but have read both Au Bonheur des Dames and La Bete Humaine previously - I will read them again when I get there in the sequence. All been excellent (particularly enjoyed ABdD), and this is one of the best yet. (Yet to work out how to insert accented letters!).

56labfs39
Redigerat: nov 5, 2023, 6:51 pm

I started an Early Reviewer book I received last week called Half a Cup of Sand and Sky. So far it's excellent. It's set in Tehran during the Iranian Revolution.

57varielle
nov 5, 2023, 6:57 pm

I’m in France looking for my beau in A Very Long Engagement.

58Willoyd
nov 6, 2023, 4:37 am

>57 varielle:
Loved that book, even on reread.

59chlorine
nov 6, 2023, 11:22 am

>55 Willoyd: Au bonheur des dames is very famous among the Rougon-Macquart and one of the few that ends well.
My reading order is a bit of a mess as I started reading them in publication order the switched to the recommended order. Also I read a few when I was in high-school, but will re-read them (and I'm looking forward to it). My favorite from that time were Nana and L'assomoir.

60Cecilturtle
nov 16, 2023, 11:37 am

I've been to war-torn Poland in Ces enfants d'ailleurs (spans 1938-1950) by Arlette Cousture and Canada where the remaining family immigrates. Cousture is known for her sagas: very plot focused with superficial character development but the writing is solid. I'm enjoying this first tome, but not enough to read to read the second which will follow the characters in Manitoba and Québec.

61Willoyd
nov 16, 2023, 7:25 pm

Just finished a visit to Nevada (as part of my tour of the United States) with Walter Van Tilburg Clark's The Ox-Bow Incident. Far, far better than expected!

62labfs39
nov 18, 2023, 9:22 am

I spent some time in Australia with Five Bells and am now in Kenya with The House of Rust.

63chlorine
nov 19, 2023, 3:21 am

I'm in Algeria reading Meursault, contre-enquête by Kamel Daoud which is an answer to Camus' L'étranger (The stranger) but I'm struggling to make sense of it.

64Willoyd
nov 24, 2023, 4:04 pm

Currently coming to the end of a trip to Pakistan, reading Jamil Ahmad's The Wandering Falcon, mostly set in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

65labfs39
nov 24, 2023, 5:54 pm

>64 Willoyd: Although it was clear that the author wasn't a professional writer, I loved this one.

66Willoyd
nov 25, 2023, 10:00 pm

>65 labfs39:
Yes, so did I: there's a clariy of writing, and an empathy with what and who he's writing about that I found addictive. It left me wanting more, which is unusual in a novel (even one told in short stories, like this).

67labfs39
nov 25, 2023, 10:08 pm

I started Ten Years of the Caine Prize for African Writing with "The Ultimate Safari" by Nadine Gordimer, a South African Nobel Laureate. This story was set in Mozambique.

68Cecilturtle
nov 28, 2023, 1:05 pm

I'm up in Scotland in When Will There be Good News by Kate Atkinson. It's quite morbid (as the title implies) but the writing is wry so it makes the story bearable. It's fun to see how all the bits of plot are coming together.

69Willoyd
nov 29, 2023, 4:31 pm

In the midst of Oxfordshire, England at the turn of the 19th/20th century: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams.

70labfs39
nov 29, 2023, 8:00 pm

>69 Willoyd: That's my book club selection for December. I hope it's a good one.

71Willoyd
nov 30, 2023, 6:51 am

>70 labfs39:
I'm actually really enjoying it - about one-third way through. Not great 'literature' (but it's not designed to be), but a well-told story, and I love the premise. Indeed, it's worming its way nicely under my skin.

72Cecilturtle
dec 13, 2023, 2:38 pm

I've just left a small village in Iceland in Sigló by Ragnar Jónasson to land in 18th century in South Korea The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble.

73labfs39
dec 13, 2023, 5:04 pm

I read State of Emergency by Jeremy Tiang. Excellent novel following a family from 1940s to the present in Singapore and Malaysia.

74Willoyd
dec 14, 2023, 11:59 am

Still in Oxford, as now reading Sarah Ogilvie's The Dictionary People as a factual follow-up to The Dictionary Of Lost Words. Popping over to Belgium every now and again as also reading Bart Van Loo's The Burgundians - really interesting.

75labfs39
dec 17, 2023, 8:55 am

I'm now in England bound for New South Wales aboard The Floating Brothel.

76kjuliff
dec 17, 2023, 1:12 pm

I am in Ancient Greece, Song for Achilles but longing for more modern times. I’m interrupting it for short trips to modern America and France with Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, preferring jeans to tunics.plus other modern amenities.

77labfs39
dec 28, 2023, 7:48 pm

After a quick jaunt through Oxford, England with Dictionary of Lost Words, I'm in Senegal reading So Long a Letter.

78Cecilturtle
dec 29, 2023, 11:13 am

I'm reading an international YA thriller, La Conspiration by Maggie Hall. So far, I've been to the USA, France and Turkey. I suspect I'll be whisked to a bunch of other countries before the 400 pages are up. We'll see where I land.

79labfs39
dec 31, 2023, 9:43 pm

I stayed in Senegal for a second book, the excellent, but brutal, At Night All Blood is Black.

80labfs39
jan 6, 8:00 pm

I started the new year in Japan's Old Capital, Kyoto, and am now in WWII Germany anxiously reading The Seventh Cross. When it gets too much, I switch to a schooner in the Atlantic with the old sailor, Peter Duck.

81Cecilturtle
jan 8, 9:23 am

I'm in Louisiana with The Feast of All Saints by Anne Rice; once you get past the stylistic flourishes, it's actually quite an interesting piece of historical fiction about the mixed-raced French nobles, right after the Louisiana Purchase.

I've also started the les contes des mille et une nuit (One Thousand Nights), volume 1 anyway, which I'll slowly be reading throughout the year. This will have me travelling throughout the orient, from the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Iran and to the borders of India. So far I'm loving the mix of prose and poetry and very colourful, magical stories.

82kjuliff
jan 8, 4:14 pm

I’m back in Germany after a 55 year stopover in the US. Somehow I keep going back to Germany, a country I had avoided in my travel years. Now I’m back with Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch. It a fun read.

83labfs39
jan 13, 8:33 am

Chekhov just moved from his hometown of Taganrog to Moscow and is starting to make a name for himself as a humorist in this engaging biography.

84ELiz_M
jan 13, 10:42 am

After witnessing Changes in Ghana, I am now with Beka Lamb in Belize.

85Willoyd
Redigerat: jan 13, 11:30 am

>82 kjuliff: Now I’m back with Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch.
I read this, then read Ulinka Rublack's book The Astronomer and the Witch, upon which this is based. Found the latter fascinating - a really good read.

86Dilara86
jan 15, 12:30 pm

I am in Kyrgyzstan, saying Farewell Gulsary.

87Cecilturtle
jan 16, 3:25 pm

While visiting a barge-bookstore (so cool!) in Paris, I discovered a publishing house called Histoires jamais entendues. They are all short stories written by an author from his/her country as if she or he had overheard the story in a pub/tea house/sake bar, etc. So far there are 5 countries published: Japan and Nepal which I am currently reading; I also have Ireland, Spain and Brazil. There another 12 countries planned from Canada, to Russia and the Canary Islands.

Histoires jamais entendues dans un sushi bar au Japon by Masayo Kokonoke
Histoires jamais entendues dans une maison de thé du Népal by Sherpa Yeh Peh

88labfs39
jan 16, 4:11 pm

>87 Cecilturtle: These sound so interesting. I wish they were also available in English translation. I'm not sure my French is up to it. I guess I could try one...

89Cecilturtle
jan 17, 11:31 am

>88 labfs39: They are short, less than 200 pages, and each story only a few pages long. If you speak French it may be a good way to practice :)

90Jackie_K
jan 20, 1:34 pm

I'm currently at the birth of the Soviet Union, in Ten Days that Shook the World.

91labfs39
jan 20, 1:48 pm

Although I'm still meandering through Chekhov's Russian short stories, I am now also in Greece with Patroclus in The Song of Achilles.

92kjuliff
jan 21, 11:49 am

>91 labfs39: I’m in Paris in 1941 seeing the bourgeoisie writ large.

93Tess_W
jan 26, 9:16 pm

I'm in the middle of a literal bloodbath right now, whilst three are battling for control of of a temple site, that will become known as Stonehenge.

94Cecilturtle
jan 28, 5:41 pm

I have finished Maximum City Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta which I really recommend. Mehta does a fantastic job of describing the streets, layers and multitudes of Bombay.

95kjuliff
jan 28, 7:02 pm

I’ve gone to Mars. It’s a refreshing change. Lots of misogynists and sexists. A spaceship called “Woke” is on its way so we may repent. Yes even the blacks and the women. We await their arrival in two years time. Meanwhile we are living it up, experimenting with time. If we can’t change, may be we can change time.

96ELiz_M
jan 29, 10:32 am

I'm awaiting Death in Rome.

97labfs39
feb 3, 6:39 pm

After leaving Greece, I went to an extragalactic moon with Murderbot; then to Hidden Valley Road, Colorado; to Palestine obsessed with a Minor Detail; and finally from England to the Caribbean on a schooner with Peter Duck. Now I'm off to Africa to search for the source of the Nile, River of the Gods.

98ELiz_M
feb 3, 8:41 pm

After seeking Death in Rome, I am learning that death is a Human Matter in Guatemala.

99Dilara86
feb 4, 1:07 am

I am touring Japan looking for Le roi des gyozas (The king of gyozas) but I might leave early as it is not grabbing me, and just stay in New Zealand with Remember me : Poems to Learn by Heart from Aotearoa New-Zealand. I am also paying short, occasional visits to Afghanistan with an anthology called A thousand Golden Cities, which I dip in in between novels.

100Cecilturtle
feb 4, 8:29 am

I've just come back from a moving experience in L'Énigme du retour by Dany Laferrière where I toured the Haitian countryside.

101labfs39
feb 4, 11:37 am

>98 ELiz_M: On my way to East Africa, I made a quick detour to the Morisaki Bookshop in Japan.

102kjuliff
feb 11, 11:08 pm

I’m in the Netherlands in The Discomfort of Evening

103labfs39
feb 12, 7:41 am

I spent some time with Man in Montreal, with flashbacks to Vietnam.

104labfs39
feb 20, 8:43 am

I spent a lovely time in Kazakhstan with The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years and now I'm headed to Hanoi in My Vietnam, Your Vietnam.

105labfs39
mar 3, 9:46 am

I'm in a Chinese reeducation camp eating Grass Soup.

106ELiz_M
Redigerat: mar 6, 6:42 pm

I'm listening to the Confessions of a Mask in Japan.

107Cecilturtle
mar 6, 10:53 am

I'm in Haiti during the 2010 earthquake with What Storm, What Thunder by Myriam Chancy - very powerful and beautifully written. I enjoy the Creole and French peppered in.

I also travelled between France and Japan in Suite inoubliable by the Japanese writer Akira Mizubayashi who writes in French. It's a story about 3 generations, from World War II to the present, united by a cello and a love of Bach. I really wanted to like the story but I found the character development lacking.

108labfs39
mar 14, 8:23 am

After Grass Soup I read two more memoirs of 1960s China: Red Scarf Girl and Feather in the Storm. I'm now reading the experimental novel based on the author's experiences as an "educated youth" sent down to the hinterlands during the Cultural Revolution called A Dictionary of Maqiao.

109Jackie_K
apr 30, 4:34 pm

I've already more than completed the Romania leg of this challenge, but I am back there (my happy place) reading Dan Perjovschi: The Horizontal Newspaper by Gloria Luca, about an evolving artwork on a large public wall in the city of Sibiu.

110labfs39
apr 30, 5:52 pm

I interrupted my reading about China with Apeirogon, a novel based on the true stories of a Palestinian and an Israeli, both of whom lost a daughter to violence. Then I read A Faraway Island, a YA novel about two sisters who are refugees in Sweden during the Holocaust.

111labfs39
maj 12, 8:35 am

I finished Half of Man is Woman, a Chinese novel set in the hinterlands during the Cultural Revolution, and am now reading the second book in the Faraway Island series, set in Sweden during WWII.

112labfs39
jun 5, 9:04 pm

Gosh, it's been a while since I posted. I finished all four of the Faraway Island books (Sweden); read Eastbound, set on the Trans-Siberian Railroad; Bitter Herbs, a memoir of the Holocaust in the Netherlands; Village School, a bucolic English novel from the 1950s; The Book Censor's Library by a Kuwaiti author; and The Door by Hungarian author, Magda Szabó. Next, I think I'll head back to China.

113Jackie_K
jun 13, 4:09 pm

I've just left Kenya, in the marvellous company of One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina, and I'm just about to spend some time in Communist Romania, reading Burying the Typewriter by Carmen Bugan.

114labfs39
jun 13, 4:24 pm

I've been in Canada on The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland, then Kent, England in The Comfort of Ghosts, and am now reading Wild Swans, a memoir of three generations of women in China.

115rocketjk
jun 13, 6:18 pm

I'm reading In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, book 2 of Marcel Proust's famous In Search of Lost Time extravaganza. So. . . France.

116Cecilturtle
jun 18, 2:03 pm

>114 labfs39: How did you like the 9/11 book? I saw the musical Far and Away and although I'm really not a fan of musicals, I just loved it. This sounds like the book version, both gut-wrenching and heart-warming.

117labfs39
jun 18, 5:13 pm

>116 Cecilturtle: I couldn't put it down and read it in one evening. So nice to read about people pulling together and doing good. Plus I found the logistics fascinating. Who knew that the first problem they would need to solve was nicotine withdrawal on the parked planes? I have since bought a copy and am circulating it amongst my friends and relations.

118Cecilturtle
jun 19, 11:08 am

>117 labfs39: uh oh - sounds like another book got on my TBR pile - lol

119labfs39
jun 19, 2:47 pm

>118 Cecilturtle: Always happy to help!

120Cecilturtle
jun 27, 10:56 am

I've been spending most of my time in the United States and Canada, but have finally taken the plane over to Europe in the USSR with A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, just after the Revolution, and in Austria with Thérèse by Arthur Schnitzler. Both are promising reads.

121labfs39
jun 27, 2:02 pm

When I left Newfoundland, I went to England in The Company of Ghosts, then to China to see Wild Swans, followed by a visit to Annie John in Antigua, and I'm now in the Netherlands reading about The Assault.

122labfs39
jul 2, 7:30 am

I did a bit of globetrotting with Killers of a Certain Age and am now in Belgium and England with The White Lady.

123Jackie_K
jul 14, 4:59 pm

I've just finished Lauren Elkin's Flaneuse, which takes in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London. I'm not going to count it for this challenge, but I did enjoy the literary travels very much.

124Cecilturtle
jul 16, 11:29 am

I've travelled to the destroyed jungle of Vietnam during the war in Em by Kim Thúy and to the Square Cabot where the homeless Indigenous people of Tiohtiáke (Montréal) meet.
I am currently in Nakuru, Kenya in One Day I will Write About this Place by Binyavanga Wainaina.

125labfs39
jul 18, 2:01 pm

>124 Cecilturtle: I loved Em.

I started reading Narrow Road to the Deep North, set in Burma, but switched to the suspense novel, A Death in Vienna set in Vienna, Rome, and Argentina.

126Cecilturtle
jul 19, 12:56 pm

>125 labfs39: So did I - Thúy is an incredible writer.