Booking Through Thursday – Foreign

Name a book (or books) from a country other than your own that you love. Or aren’t there any?

I’ve read quite a few books taking place in other countries, both fiction and non-fiction.

For non-fiction, I would have to say my favorite book taking place in another country would be Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein. Adelstein gets a job at a newspaper in Japan as a crime reporter and in turn ends up involved with the Yakuza. The book is the story of him developing his career as a crime reporter and all the things that happen when he goes undercover. It’s really a fantastic read.

Also, Out of Mao’s Shadow. This is actually a book I had to read last semester for a class. However, it hit home. Out of Mao’s Shadow highlighted a lot of the issues that the Chinese people faced as well a the development’s in the communist party and the hopes of the people, especially since the Tiananmen Square incident.

As for fiction, The Reader by Bernhard Schlink is definitely at the top of my favorites. The Reader takes place in Germany and a big part of the book has to do with a trial for some of the guards during the holocaust. I read the book and adored it.

Harry Potter, gotta love Harry Potter. As I’m sure everyone knows, Harry Potter takes place in England. I really would love to visit there. I’ve been to Heathrow, but it doesn’t count if you don’t leave the airport, you know? Either way, Harry Potter is definitely up there.

Also in England, Pride and Prejudice. We all know how much I adore P&P. It’s like when you’re a kid and you stretch your arms out and say ‘This much, maybe more.’ That’s how much I love Pride and Prejudice. Maybe more.

Nora Roberts Born In… trilogy. These books take place in Ireland. I. Love. Ireland. It is beautiful. The countryside is amazing. You can walk down the roads without worrying about being hit by someone who’s rushing to work or late for a Macy’s sale or something. Oh, and the sights are amazing. I want to go back someday.

The Kite Runner. I know part of this takes place in the states, but a part of it takes place in Afghanistan. Therefore, it counts in my book. I loved this book. It evokes so many emotions, such an amazing read.

Those are all the big one’s that I can think of at the moment. What are your favorite books taking place in a different country?

4 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday – Foreign

  1. jlshall (Joy's Blog) October 21, 2010 / 5:30 pm

    Never been to Ireland, but I’d love to visit someday – sounds wonderful. Haven’t read the Nora Roberts series – I’ll have to check it out.

    • Hannah October 22, 2010 / 3:19 pm

      Ireland is beautiful. Amazing. There really aren’t words for it though. I went a few years ago with my mom, but I would love to go again as an adult. I’d like to see it through the eyes I have now if you know what I mean. And the Nora Roberts series was really good. So far, probably my favorite read by her.

  2. Hilcia October 22, 2010 / 3:00 pm

    Okay, some of my all-time favorite books are set in other countries. A few of the books you mentioned are on my list: The Born trilogy by Nora Roberts and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I’ll add to those. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, set in Czechoslovakia in the 60s, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Those are the only ones that I can think of at the moment. 🙂

    • Hannah October 22, 2010 / 3:21 pm

      I haven’t read Kundera or Marquez’s books, yet. But I’m definitely going to be moving them up farther on my list, a lot of people agree with you on those ones.

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