Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Wonderful Wednesdays #3 (Novels Set in Another Country)
Wonderful Wednesdays is a meme about spotlighting and recommending some of our most loved books, even if we haven't read them recently. Each week will have a different theme or genre of book to focus on.
This week's theme is novels set in another country.
I want to hear about the novels that have inspired you and made you want to travel to an exotic location.
My own pick is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. It's a story about a missionary and his four daughters as they move to the Congo just before independence. The novel has lots of themes, religion, colonialism and family amongst them, but as I read it I just loved the lush descriptions of the Congo. The scene with the swarm of ants really stood out for me - I would hate to be there myself for something like that but it was fascinating reading about it.
The Poisonwood Bible inspired me to read lots of other books set in the Congo, and in Africa in general. I moved on to The Heart of Darkness by Jospeh Conrad, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and I'm currently reading Half of a Yellow Sun. One day I will get around to finishing off The Famished Road by Ben Okri. I doubt I will ever visit Africa, but I love travelling there through books.
How about you?
I want to hear all about your favourite novels set in another country! If you want to take part, grab the button above and make a post in your blog. Then link up your blog below, so I can come, read and comment on all of your entries.