just read 'What the Chinese don't eat' by Xinran - a collection of her columns in the Guardian Newspaper. It's good but not a patch on her other work. Am now reading 'Abdul's taxi to Kalighat' which is a lighthearted account of an English man's life in Calcutta.
I haven´t gone through all of the replys to this thread so maybe this has been mentioned before. Has anyone read one of the most wonderful books of all time, it´s Timolean Vieta Come Home by Dan Rhodes? It´s really a modern classic. Simple but a wonderful examination of humanity (and doganity, if there´s such a thing)
He´s got a few other great books also... Anthropology and a hundred other stories, this is a compilation of 100 word stories about what it´s like to be in love, out of love, recovering from love, besothed by love and anything else. Weird but really thought provoking. Another is Don´t Tell me the Truth About Love, another collection of stories strange and beautiful. In one story a guy turns himself in a musical instrument so he can be near the girl of his dreams.
Well, I love them.
Yoga School Dropout by Lucy Edge gives a humorous account of three months visiting various ashrams/yogis throughout India in search of enlightenment, a guru, that perfect yoga body and that perfect man...instead she finds a boatload of other things. Some great laugh out loud moments and for those of you who have travelled to India, a nice travel account as well. Enjoy!
Have just finished Beach Music by Pat Conroy
One of the best books I have read in years.
I'm coming to the end of 'Facing the Congo' by Jeffrey Tayler - it's brilliant and I haven't been able to put it down! He travelled part of the Congo in a small boat, and his experiences are both fascinating and terrifying. I haven't read any travel books about that part of Africa before so it's been really interesting.
blood river by tim butcher is another great book about the congo if you fancy another
I'm re-reading on the road by jack kerouac for the fifth time and still love it as much as ever
I have also recently enjoyed white tiger, and kafka on the shore
I just ordered the new james frey book and cant wait!!
I just ordered a copy of Running with the Moon - Jonny Bealby and two others by the same chap
used copies at just 0.01p plus postage on amazon so nice and cheap
they look superb
Thanks Joey - I do fancy reading another one about the Congo as it's a region of the world I haven't read much on, so will have a look for that Tim Butcher book.
I have read 'Silk dreams, troubled road' by Jonny Bealby and it was really good. Jonny also runs a tour company called Wild Frontiers which runs some really cool tours to places like Afghanistan, Pakistan and other lesser-travelled places.
Cool!! I know of wild frontiers but didnt know he was the same guy - interesting .
I'm possibly going on a trip to Kashmir in June and am interested in getting some more info on the current situation. Wild Frontiers are still taking groups to Kashmir too so they came up in my research.
I'm looking forward to the books arriving even more now!!
Dark Star Safrai by Paul Theroux is another cracking book about Africa. He travels from Cairo to Cape Town - brilliant.
Cool - I have had a look at some of his tours and they look really good, and always seem to get great reviews.
I have Dark Star Safari on by bookshelf - will have to read it next!
I'm reading another one by Jeffrey Tayler at the moment (the guy who wrote the congo book) about his travels through muslim Africa. It's really interesting as he goes through places that travellers don't normally go to like Chad, Niger and Nigeria.