June 2, 2013

Armchair BEA: World Lit


I didn't participate in the Kidlit Post yesterday because I post about it so frequently I thought that might be overkill.  But then, I also post constantly about what I want to post about today, so what do I know? lol


If you're new to my blog, I am big, big, big into World Lit.  I want to share some of my favorites with you today. Most of them are written by international authors, though a couple are written by stateside authors but are still wonderfully steeped in culture, such as Holly Payne's The Virgin's Knot about Nurdane, a weaver in Turkey who creates dowries for young brides.   I hope you will check them out! 


           The Virgin's Knot   Things Fall Apart    The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing



      A Long Way Gone    Thousand Pieces of Gold    A Disobedient Girl    Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood


      Saffron Dreams    The Writing on My Forehead    The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist    Norwegian Wood


      Moloka'i    One Amazing Thing    The Unexpected Son    The Heretic Queen



What are your favorite world literature books?  Share them with me in the comments!

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  1. I would also choose A Thousand Splendid Suns, and Persepolis. I would add Drawing from Memory (picture book biography), The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (another picture book bio), In Darkness, Between Shades of Gray, Sita's Ramayana, Salka Valka, The Space Between Us and Measuring the World. Whew.

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  2. I haven't read any of these! Definitely need to read more World Lit Books!

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    1. I love them! I hope you do try at least a couple! :D

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  3. I had no idea World Lit was a genre - is it when the author lives in another country than the US or GB, and writes primarily in another language? Or is it just books where the setting is outside of the countries where English is the first language? Sorry to sound so ignorant - but I really want to know :)

    I have read A Thousand Splendid Suns, and I loved it. So poignant, and I cried more than a few times. I'll check out some of your other recommendations as well.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. The definition is basically literature outside of your country of origin. It doesn't have to be strict guidelines other than that.

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  4. i share your interest in world literature though I use a different approach and only select books written by an author from the particular country. Right now I'm reading my way through countries on the Equator. its tough going though to find people from certain countries but I've found some very interesting writers - if you're interested look at the World Lit tab on my blog. I'll be having a look at some of your favourite reads for ideas

    www.bookertalk.com

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    1. I prefer the author to be from the country it features, as well, but for me it restricts it too much. I welcome recs from you, though, as it sounds like you read a lot of it!

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  5. Love that you posted this! I'm trying to read nore books by authors from countries other than the US and GB. I don't limit it to literature though as I'm a huge fan of speculative fiction.

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

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    1. I love speculative fiction, too, Tanya! It is often not mentioned what country they are in within the summary of a lot of spec fiction, unfortunately. If they are in any said country at all.

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  6. Great selection. I read one book blogger say that she only reads foreign books because if they were good enough to be translated they must be good.
    She has a point.

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

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    1. She does have a point. But that sure limits her a lot!

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  7. I'm glad that you talked about this genre! I enjoy reading about other cultures and places so very, very much :)I've read a few on your list above but you've given me many other titles to look into.

    One that popped into my head is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

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    1. Thanks for the rec, Jennifer! I am glad you enjoyed the topic, too!

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  8. The only ones I recognized from the list were Molokai and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Will need to check out the rest. Some of my favorite World Literature would be The Odyssey, Ulysses, The Kite Runner and that's all I can really think of off the top of my head that fit.

    My BEA post for Today

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    1. I have read The Odyssey, but I wouldn't say it is one of my favorites. I haven't read The Kite Runner yet, though I have it. I am totally intimidated by Ulysses, so props!

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  9. The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns would definitely be on my favorite! I got to see Khaled Hosseini on Fri. when he came to the Cincinnati Public Library to promote And the Mountains Echoed. He was wonderful! I'm giving away a copy on my blog, so be sure to visit! I would also include Isabel Allende. I loved Daughter of Fortune and Portrait in Sepia. I'm looking forward to reading her new one.

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    1. Wow! I am mega-jealous you met Khaled Hosseini! I wish he would come to my po-dunk city! lol I will have to come by and check out that giveaway along with your blog!

      The only Isabel Allende I have read is Daughter of Fortune and I had trouble getting into it. It's been about 10 years so I will have to try it again.

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  10. I love Orhan Pamuk's work, especially MY NAME IS RED.

    http://mwgerard.com/armchair-bea-wrap-up/

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    1. I have that one on my TBR! I really want to read him!

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  11. Good mixture of genres here too. I see some I need to investigate further!

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  12. Love this post.... I've read A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Kite Runner was also great. A Long Way Gone, I mentioned on my non-fiction post for ABEA. Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon) is an amazing book set in Spain about a "cemetery of forgotten books".

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    1. I want to read Shadow of the Wind! It's on my TBR. Thanks for the rec. It sounds awesome. You sound like you read great books!

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  13. I haven't read any of the books on these lists. Like Lexxie, I'm not really sure what counts as World Lit. I definitely look into some of these books though!

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    1. World Lit is books that are circulated outside of your country of origin!

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  14. Great choices ! I enjoyed The Kite Runner

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    1. If you haven't read his Thousand Splendid Suns, I really think you will like it!

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  15. World Lit is a great genre! I read many of these and they were great.
    Kerri @ Turn the Page Reviews
    http://turnthepagereviews.com

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  16. I'm not super familiar with much World Lit but I did enjoy Things Fall Apart and The Virgin's Knot sounds really interesting-thanks for the recs!

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    1. You are welcome! Thanks for the comment!

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  17. Great post! I haven't read much world lit but these look like some amazing books. I am always looking to expand my horizons so I will definitely have to check some of these out.

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    1. That is awesome, Chelsea! Thank you for stopping by! :D

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  18. I hate to say it but I think my brain is fried from all the writing this week. I know I've read world lit but the titles aren't coming forward. Will have to come back and check out more of what you've written.

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    1. LOL I totally understand! I do hope you come back! I always love recs!

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  19. I need to check out some of these books. I do love The Heretic Queen. I love books about Egypt, Rome, and Greece. Thanks for the recommendations!

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    1. Egypt is my absolute favorite place to read about! I've read several and want to read many more!

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  20. I love world literature and fiction, it's one of my favorite genres. It's much cheaper to travel through books and I love the stories that authors tell when rich in culture and history. My favorites for India are The World We Found and Secret Daughter which both take place partly in India and part in the US. For China, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was my favorite. I'm taking an Around the World Challenge so here's my page if you'd like to stop by. http://momssmallvictories.com/around-the-world-in-80-countries-reading-challenge/

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    1. India is one of my favorites, too! India and Egypt. I have Snow Flower and the Secret Fan on my shelf and I'm determined to get to it this year. I am doing the Around the World Challenge, too! I didn't know you were, also! I will be stopping by to see your picks!

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  21. Mmm, The Monkey King? Not sure that's considered lit, though.

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  22. My book club is taking a year around the world and reading a novel from a different culture each month and whoever is hosting that month cooks lunch from the cuisine of that country. I am telling you book club elevated:)) My favorite thus far has been Wild Swans--3 generations of women in China--FASCINATING! We just finished A Thousand Splendid Suns (Afghanistan) --so compelling. Next up is In the Time of the Butterflies (Julia Alvarez) --based on the Mirabal sisters who bravely spoke out against Trujillo's dictatorship in Dominican Republic...For Russia we are going to do War and Peace--seriously. We are crazy, no?

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    1. OMG I love, love, love that book club idea! Can I steal it? lol

      I have to look into Wild Swans! I haven't read In the Time of Butterflies, but I did see the movie and it is amazing. War and Peace? Yes, you are crazy. ;)

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  23. Oooohhh, good choice for other genre!! Personally, I'm a HUGE fan of Lisa See and Khaled Hosseini! I cannot wait to read his newest. I just got in the mail yesterday and hope to read it next!!

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