reading my way through every country in the world…

Multi-regional books – a new feature

I haven’t posted for awhile because I have been devoting any reading time I have had to relishing Madame Bovary which I can’t believe I have taken this long to read. I also wish I had counted it for France in my challenge because Flaubert’s descriptions of Rouen and Paris are so detailed and articulate that I not only felt transported imaginatively there but began craving an actual trip abroad.

I have since begun Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald which is also keeping me awake until the wee hours as Bovary did. What an incredible book this is, and again the descriptions of Belgium and London, particularly the architecture of these great cities, have had my highlighter pen going mad in an effort to capture and retain all the best bits in my memory. As I have been reading this book, it struck me that there are a number of wonderful reads out there that take place across multiple regions and as a result I can’t, under the self-imposed rules of my challenge, blog about. But that is the advantage of self-imposed rules – they are even easier to break! As such, I am not going to count these works within my challenge tally but will still blog about them, nonetheless, and keep my reviews under a new heading called, wait for it, “multi-regional books”. So, please send me your suggestions of any great reads you have come across that span cities, countries or continents and I’ll add them to my TBR list.

Meanwhile I am also hanging out with Annie John in Antigua and basking in Half of a Yellow Sun in Nigeria with posts on each to come in due course.

The Literary Nomad xx

2 Responses to “Multi-regional books – a new feature”

  1. Alex says:

    I didn’t know Austerlitz described Belgium! I’m an expat in Brussels and am always looking for books set here. Thanks for the tip!

    Multi-region books that come to mind now (probably because I’ve read them recently):
    - A Town Like Alice
    - The Lymond Chronicles
    - The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin
    - When we were orphans
    - Around the world in 80 days
    - 84 Charing Cross Road
    - Neither Here Nor There
    - Atonement
    - English Passengers
    - The Kitchen God’s Wife

  2. Alex says:

    Thanks for the brilliant list! Will start a page for the suggestions and any others I can think of or come across. I was thinking The Sheltering Sky and The Reluctant Fundamentalist could be added…:)

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