Two great books I read lately -
Naked by David Sedaris (very bizarre and funny).
The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester (about how a mentally insane American murderer in Victorian England played a substantial part in the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. Sounds very boring but it is a helluva good read).
Just finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Such a wonderful, sad, sad book. I think I sat in the metro with my mouth hanging open for a week reading that thing.
just read "mercy world" again, so wonderful
just read 2 really good books:
Season of Blood: A Rwandan Journey by Fergal Keane - excellent writing by the bbc journalist. The book taught me a lot about the Rwandan genocide and the politics surrounding it.
This is Paradise! by Hyok Kang - a fascinating insight into North Korea written through the eyes of a child growing up under the brutal regime there.
This isn't really a travel book, but The Three Musketeers is really good
I have just read 'To the edge of the sky' by Anhua Gao - it's an excellent but sad read. (I cried twice!). I didn't realise just how brutal Mao's regime was until I read this, and the suffering and hardship that many Chinese (including Anhua) had to go through is incredible.
Three books that give insight into three different cultures:
- They Poured Fire on us from the Sky by by Alphonsion Deng, Benson Deng and Benjamin Ajak: three lost boys of Sudan fleeing their country during the Sudanese civil war in 1987
- The Girl in the Picture by Kim Phuc: the story of a young girl who was burnt by napalm that was poured over her village during the Vietnam War. The photo of her running naked from her village became one of the most famous photos of the War.
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: the fictional story spanning two generations, of two young Afghan women married to a man much older than them.
The Drifters, by James Michener
One of the best travel stories I have ever read. It's about six young people from four different continents meeting up in Spain and then traveling through europe and africa while searching for their purpose and place in life. It takes place in the late 60s. Yes, a bit wordy, but that's Michener. You won't be disappointed.
Illusions The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach
Not a travel book, but perhaps travels of the mind.
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
Memoir about a girl growing up in Rodesia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. This takes place in the recent past, as Fuller is in her late 30s. She gives an interesting and heart wrenching account of her family's life before, during and after the civil war.
Boy Wonder by James Robert Baker.
It is a frenzied, satirical account of life in the Hollywood fast lane, and the hero? is a B-movie mogul called Shark Trager.
I exchanged some forgotten novel for this book in a cafe on Zakynthos back in 1997. My wife reckoned it would be total crap and we spent most of the next 2 weeks almost coming to blows as to who had the right to have it for the next hour.
An absolute hoot
It's out of print and I just ordered a 'very good?' copy from Amazon.
I leant my copy out about five years ago to my step-daughter who loved it and gave it to some friend of hers who fecking lost it.:
if you can get yours hands on it, give it to NO-ONE.
Didn't see it listed here
Shantaram: David Gregory Roberts - Escapes prision in Australia and ends up living in a Slum in Bombay, joins mafia in bombay and travels to Afghanistan. One of the best books out there, have yet to meet someone who did not like it.
Travels in Afghanistan A Distant Light: Jason Elliot - guy goes back to Afghansitan just before Taliban come in after the Russians and travels overland visiting places he had been 20 years previously. Well written and a great insight into Afghanistan's history.
Running with the Moon - Jonny Bealby: His girlfriend dies while they are traveling and he sets off around Africa on a motorbike. A nice simple read, that people like due to the nature of the story.
Silk Dreams, Troubled Road - Jonny Bealby: Now Jonny sets off across Central Asia with a girl on horseback he only met a week before under the guise of making a TV series about their relationship. I didn't like it as much as the first, but then all the girls I gave it too loved it!
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 15, 2008, at 9:27 AM by outcast ]