Most of us have not been able to travel in recent months. But we can still travel through books. Join me on a dazzling adventure around the world in 10 (+1) books as we explore the most fun and daring nooks and crannies on this beautiful planet.
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
First! We visit Nigeria. Purple Hibiscus tells the story of a family headed by a religious father. The rest of the family must adjust in creative ways. You get the description of food, customs, clothes and scenery. So you will feel like you visited Nigeria.
Eyrie by Tim Winton
Australia next! Eyrie is the story of a man whose life has come undone on every level. His marriage has ended. His career has gone bust. All is hopeless. And yet. Somehow this is a novel that manages to capture how fantastic it is to simply be alive, no matter the circumstance.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Korea and Japan are our next stop. Pachinko tells the story of four generations on one family who emigrate from Korea to Japan. It’s deal with the discrimination they face. It is the story of being a outsider inside a society.
Knife by Jo Nesbo
Norway is next on our itinerary. I have a soft spot for murder mysteries from Norway. Imagine layers and layers of darkness. This is a murder mystery with a twist. The detective wakes up after a binge drinking blackout to discover blood on his clothes. As he is called upon to solve a murder, he begins to suspect that he is the murderer. As more and more clues begin to point towards him, he must confront the dilemma of solving the murder while being afraid of what he might discover about himself in the process.
Take The Highway by Elen Ghulam
Now will travel to North America and later Switzerland. This is the plus one on the list. It tells the story of a woman getting over a heartbreak. You get the experience of arriving in a foreign country and feeling like an outsider. As the adventure gets under way with unexpected action the main character’s heartbreak start mending.
Cities of Salt by Abdelrahman Munif
How about a visit to Saudi Arabia. Let us a linger for a while. Since this novels comes in five volumes. One of my most favorite novels in the whole wide world. This is a novel with hundreds and hundreds of characters with a bazillions of stories and together this creates and texture that gives the reader a feeling. It sets a mood. It is a true master piece of story telling. An experience like no other.
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
India next. The God of Small Things tells the story of twins growing up in India. It explores themes of wonders of childhood and the challenges associated with growing up. I love the slow, delicate and imaginative writing style of this beauty of a novel.
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Let us travel to England but also travel in time. Elizabeth Gaskell was a contemporary of Charles Dickens. I reviewed North and South here. It’s a multilayered depiction of society in England in the nineteenth century.
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Next, let us travel to the Amazon forest in south America. It tells the story of a woman who works in a pharmaceutical company on the hunt for a miracle cure that might be residing in the forest. One her coworkers has gone missing, presumed dead. Our hero must follow is his footsteps to find out what happened. The novel describes the trees, smells of nature, wild life and dangers of all sorts. This novel is a sweeping adventure that forces the main character to question everything she believes. Her whole life gets deconstructed and she emerges from it all a new person. The ending alone is worth reading the whole novel.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Here is a novel that took me by a surprise. I don’t usually read romance. I picked it up on a whim. It took me by surprise. I found myself absorbed into the story. Not only does it take us to Singapore, but also transport us into a life style that is completely different life style. It tells the story of Rachel who falls in love with a handsome young man. When she travels with him to Singapore she discovers that his family is not only rich, but crazy rich. I was swept up in the description of all the lavish clothes, the opulent mansions, the private airplanes and snobby attitude that goes with all that. I enjoyed this novel so much I even read the sequel named: “China Rich Girlfriend”. Which I also enjoyed reading.
Here is my trip around the world in 10 (+1) book in a video format.
What do you think? What book would you add to this list? Would love to hear you feedback.