Janet

Janet's *very* long-term Around the World challenge

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Another resource that is very useful, is African Writing Online - google to find it:). I managed to bag about 6 African countries through reading short stories on that site.

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I know this is a repost but I've managed to nail Greenland, Falkland Islands and Belarus - have a peek at my ongoing snail post :)

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Sinrob reminded me that I've done Australia, as I've already read The Book Thief by Markus Zusac.

 

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16/233 = 6.89%

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17/233 = 7.3%

 

 

Today I finished Candide or Optimism by Voltaire for France. 7/10. :smile2:

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19/233 - 8.14%

 

I read this a while ago, but haven't looked before to see where the authors were born! :lol:

 

Trinidad and Tobago - In A Free State - V S Naipaul - 4�/10

 

Ghana - Any Human Heart - William Boyd - 8�/10

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Hey Janet, you're doing really well with your challenge :lol: I was just wondering how you've been finding the books for this challenge?

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Thanks. :D

 

So far, most of them are just by chance - I've liked the sound of the book and the fact it's written by someone from 'x' country that I haven't read yet is just a bonus.

 

I've also found Wikipedia most useful with pages like the following:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African_writers_by_country

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Central_American_writers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Asian_literature

 

And some ideas I've seen on other people's lists. :)

 

I'm not expecting to get anywhere near finishing it, but it's nice to have a go! :D

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I got really excited whilst reading my latest book 'A Long, Long Time Ago & Essentially True' by Brigid Pasulka .. which is about two interweaving tales of old and new Poland. I thought the writer was Polish and you might want to add it to your challenge list. It's a really great book, but it turns out she is of Polish descent and grew up in Illinois :lurker:

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Aww bless you for thinking of me - that's so kind. :yahoo::lurker: Thank you.

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For future reference:

 

Note for future reference - Girls Of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea - Saudi Arabia
Wow, good luck with this, must be hard to find books to read from some countries, I know my country doesn't have many books I'd like to read. Unless it's children's books, like Crusade in Jeans, used to love that one when I was a kid.
Just discovered this gem 'Best European Fiction 2010'. Edited by the acclaimed Bosnian writer,Aleksandar Hemon, this is a volume of contemporary modern short stories, translated into English. Drawn from 35 countries in Europe, including Iceland, Liechtensten, Estonia. Published this month - could prove rather useful;):D
Another resource that is very useful, is African Writing Online - google to find it:). I managed to bag about 6 African countries through reading short stories on that site.

Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngazi Adichie - Nigeria

I'm not Scared - Niccolò Ammaniti - Italy

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20/233 = 8.58%

 

Finished Italy this morning - I'm Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti - 8/10

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For future reference:

 

Girls Of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea - Saudi Arabia

Crusade in Jeans

Best European Fiction 2010 - Edited by the acclaimed Bosnian writer,Aleksandar Hemon, this is a volume of contemporary modern short stories, translated into English. Drawn from 35 countries in Europe, including Iceland, Liechtensten, Estonia. Published this month - could prove rather useful

African Writing Online

Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngazi Adichie - Nigeria

Lovely Green Eyes by Arnošt Lustig - Czech Republic

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Finished Lovely Green Eyes by Arnošt Lustig - Czech Republic

 

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21/233 Countries = 9.01%

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Finished - Denmark - Hitler's Canary by Sandi Toksvik - 8/10

 

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22/233 = 9.44%

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I had forgotten to add Heidi by Johanna Spyri which I read some time ago! 7/10

 

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23/233 = 9.87%

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Best European Fiction 2010 - Edited by the acclaimed Bosnian writer,Aleksandar Hemon, this is a volume of contemporary modern short stories, translated into English. Drawn from 35 countries in Europe, including Iceland, Liechtensten, Estonia. Published this month - could prove rather useful

 

African Writing Online

 

(Both courtesy of Sirinrob)

 

 

Girls Of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea - Saudi Arabia

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngazi Adichie - Nigeria

 

On 'To Read' pile:

 

Somewhere, Home by Nada Awar Jarrar - The Lebanon

Lolita by Nabakov - Russia

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25/233 - 10.7%

 

Somewhere, Home by Nada Awar Jarrar - 8/10 - Lebanon

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26/233 = 11.15%

 

This morning I finished By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño, taking my total to 26 countries.

 

 

 

For future reference:

 

Best European Fiction 2010 - Edited by the acclaimed Bosnian writer,Aleksandar Hemon, this is a volume of contemporary modern short stories, translated into English. Drawn from 35 countries in Europe, including Iceland, Liechtensten, Estonia. Published this month - could prove rather useful

 

African Writing Online

 

(Both courtesy of Sirinrob)

 

 

Girls Of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea - Saudi Arabia

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngazi Adichie - Nigeria

 

On 'To Read' pile:

 

Lolita by Nabakov - Russia

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende - Peru

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez - Columbia

Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani - Iran

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27/233 - 11.59%

 

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - 8/10 (and a nice bit of the map coloured in! :D ).

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Yay for you reading books for this challenge! Not much happened in my UN-challenge this year.

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov - 8/10 (and a nice bit of the map coloured in! :D ).

 

Definitely! :) It's tempting to go for all the big countries first, isn't it? But then it would be depressing when you get to the tiny countries and there is no discernable difference when you update the map.

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