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2010-11 Challenge Complete!

Today I completed my literary travels as a Curious Tourist! In the past year, I have read 18 books from 19 different countries, with at least 2 books for each (populated) continent.

1. Sándor Márai – Embers (Hungary)
2. James Conroyd Martin – Push Not the River (Poland)
3. Julia Gregson – East of the Sun (India)
4. Eugenia Kim – The Calligrapher’s Daughter (North Korea, South Korea)
5. Mackenzie Ford – The Clouds Beneath the Sun (Kenya)
6. Charles Finch – The Fleet Street Murders (United Kingdom)
7. Michael Shaara – The Killer Angels (United States)
8. Anatole France – The Gods Will Have Blood (France)
9. Margaret Buffie – Winter Shadows (Canada)
10. Cheryl Sawyer – Siren (New Zealand – author)
11. Luis Fernando Verissimo – Borges and the Eternal Orangutans (Argentina)
12. Friedrich Dürrenmatt – The Pledge (Switzerland)
13. M. M. Kaye – Death in Berlin (Germany)
14. Nadine Gordimer – “Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black” and Other Stories (South Africa – author)
15. Robin Adair – Death and the Running Patterer (Australia)
16. Ariel Dorfman – Death and the Maiden (Chile)
17. Pramoedya Ananta Toer – The Mute’s Soliloquy (Indonesia)
18. Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö – The Laughing Policeman (Sweden)

And here's where I went:
 
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My favorite book for this challenge was probably M. M. Kaye's Death in Berlin, although Sándor Márai's Embers ran a very close second!  Mackenzie Ford's The Clouds Beneath the Sun and Robin Adair's Death and the Running Patterer were the biggest disappointments. Pramoedya Ananta Toer's The Mute's Soliloquy was the book that most thoroughly immersed me in another country.

I enjoyed this challenge a lot, and it has definitely broadened my literary horizons. Still, the vast majority of the books I read were set in European countries, which means I have a lot of room for improvement!

Is anyone else done, or almost done, with their goal for this year? What are your favorite and least favorite books so far?

Comments

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toomundane
Mar. 29th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
I have still got three books to read and I hope I won't run out of time. I too have most of my books of Europe, unfortunately, but the reason for that is partly that I won't have time to read some of the books I had planned to read from other continents, and had to mark some European books I had read outside of this challenge. I am going to read the original books later, though!


I wan't to ask about "The Calligrapher’s Daughter". How did you like it? I'm wanting to read it but since it's not in my library, I would have to buy it. Is it worth it? Also, is it woth the hardcover version, or just paperback?
christina_reads
Mar. 29th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
Good luck to you with the rest of the challenge! I definitely ended up changing my plans several times throughout the challenge...some books are just too long to read on a deadline!

I did enjoy The Calligrapher's Daughter, but I got my copy from the library and didn't feel the need to buy it afterward. I would say buy it, if you can find a discounted paperback somewhere. I don't think it would be worth getting in hardcover.
finalarrowhail
Apr. 2nd, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Embers is such an incredible book. Marai's writing style is so breathtaking that I remember page numbers and go back to it every now and then for a fix.
christina_reads
Apr. 5th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
I really loved it so much more than I thought I would! I'd bought it at a used bookstore years ago, but I never picked it up until this challenge. I'm so glad I did!
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