Number of countries
I will be reading one book per each country in the world As there is no definitive list of the number of countries in the world, I have chosen to follow the Lonely Planet’s The Travel Book list of 230 countries. Some of the places on the list are not “officially” recognised as countries e.g. Antarctica, England, Palestine etc. Where that is the case, I will acknowledge this in the post.
Choice of country
I will be choosing each country visited by simply opening Lonely Planet’s The Travel Book at any random page and the country on that page will be the next one I read about. If I have already read a book set in that country for this challenge then I will simply open the book again until I reach a country I haven’t yet read about.
Choice of book
Blog entries for each book read/country visited
My entry for each country visited will have the following layout:
1. Chosen Book
Title, author, publisher, date of publication; any major literary prizes it has won.
I will provide a rating (out of five) of the book’s general readability and of its armchair travel value.
A detailed critical review of the book particularly focusing on the extent to which it offers some insight into the country in which it is set. Within this review, I will follow up and research one or two interesting cultural aspects in each book e.g. a particular custom, practice, cuisine, tradition, real life place visited or person mentioned or language quirk.
A brief list of the important places visited within the book e.g. cities etc. will be provided when relevant or useful.
As I often find myself hunting down obscure African words or French phrases when I am reading and then marking them in the book, when this occurs I will also provide a glossary of foreign words and phrases.
7. More on ….(country)
I will briefly identify the country’s capital, size, currency, population, language and primary religions and provide a small map.
8. Delay your stay…
I will also provide lists of other fiction and non-fiction books set in the specific country for further or alternative reading. These will be updated as I come across other examples.
A celebration of world literature
This blog will not only be a record of my challenge, however, but a celebration of world literature in general and in between postings about the various books I will be reading I will be writing about topics concerning world lit in general.