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21. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 11y

"the alchemist" by paulo coehlo- excellent!

"a heart-breaking work of staggering genius" by dave eggers- funny, peculiar and rather random autobiography by an unknown american guy. very amusing!

"trail of dead" by jon evans - a very fascinating novel about a murderer who targets backpackers, set in nepal, indonesia, central africa and morocco.

anything by bill bryson

"road fever" by tim cahill- the best of his books by far! about drive from alaska to tierra del fuego. also check out "jaguars ripped my flesh".

"papillon" by henri charriere- my favourite book ever! read it about ten times. about a french prisoner who escapes from loads of prisons in and around south america and the caribbean. it's a cult classic.

"the wrong way home" by peter moore and also " the full montezuma"- two of the most amusing and original travel literature books ever written. thoroughly recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

enjoy,

joey

22. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 11y

"dark star safari" by paul theroux is amazing too! and for anyone going to south america try "gringo trail" by mark mann.

can anyone recommend anything travel literature-wise for south east asia... particularly lao and cambodia please. i've read the beach three times now and i'm desperate for something new.

thanks guys, i'm enjoying this book club thing

joey

23. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

"The Killing Fields" is great Joey

24. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 11y

cheers

25. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

"the alchemist" by paulo coehlo- excellent!

Yes, Joey! I agree with both hands and legs up!

Lee

26. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hey everyone,

I finished "Birdsong" last night. What an amazing book - it's a fantastic read. I really can't recommend it enough. The story revolves around a young woman delving into her grandfather's part, tracing his steps through the battle-fields of France during WW1. The war imagery is quite graphic and the lanaguage is very sensual throughout the book. It's actually quite a sad story really. I had no idea of just how huge the loss of life was in the first WW.

I couldnt put the book down. I found myself just looking forward to getting home from work in the evening, so I could pick up where I left off. I wont spoil it by telling the story, but anyone who has any interest in history or war writing or love stories, this is one to read.

I'm going straight out to get something else by Sebastian Faulks.

Ps: If anyone has seen the movie, "Charlotte Gray", you'll be familiar with Faulks.

27. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer is very good.

I would recommend Bridsong too, it is a wonderfully written story. Sebastian Faulkes has written other good stuff too, but Birdsong is definitely his best.

28. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Quoting joey22

"dark star safari" by paul theroux is amazing too! and for anyone going to south america try "gringo trail" by mark mann.

can anyone recommend anything travel literature-wise for south east asia... particularly lao and cambodia please. i've read the beach three times now and i'm desperate for something new.

thanks guys, i'm enjoying this book club thing

joey

The Tragic History of Cambodia is a story about the life of Saloth Sar (Pol Pot). I wouldn't say it's a great book, but it does give you an idea of how he came into power, and explains his vision of a Cambodian utopia. Helps to explain recent Cambodian history, but it is quite heavy going in places.

29. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

I finished "Birdsong" last night. What an amazing book - it's a fantastic read. I really can't recommend it enough. The story revolves around a young woman delving into her grandfather's part, tracing his steps through the battle-fields of France during WW1.

It sounds wonderful! I'm on a bit of a mission to retrace some of my grandfather's steps in Normandy in November - I think I will save this book for the flight over. Plus I found a gift certificate for the Chapters bookstore while cleaning through papers yesterday...

30. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi Tway,

yeah, this would definitely whet your appetite!

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