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Where In The World Are You? - January/February 2012

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I am in Lima, Peru with the delightful Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter and in England with Flavia De Luce and A Red Herring Without Mustard.

happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2012, 12:47pm Top

I'm in India converging on the Sea of Poppies.

Jan 1, 2012, 1:36pm Top

I'm in postwar southern Japan at the edge of an erupting Volcano.

Jan 1, 2012, 7:47pm Top

I'm nearby in space and slightly earlier in time - 1937, Shanghai - with Fortress Beseiged.

Jan 1, 2012, 7:50pm Top

I'm in Edinburgh, Scotland, watching the Dancing Priest fall in love.

Jan 1, 2012, 8:24pm Top

I'm in Tasmania hunting for the last Tasmanian tiger with Julia Leigh's The Hunter.

Jan 2, 2012, 8:04am Top

I'm on the football terraces of Israeli Arab football club Bnei Sakhnin with Goals from Galilee - which is actually called Goals for Galilee but LT is being arsey and not letting me correct the book's title!

Jan 3, 2012, 7:39am Top

I've just left the slums of Cairo where I enjoyed the companionship of the Proud Beggars.

Jan 4, 2012, 2:17pm Top

I'm in 19th Century Egypt accompanying my lady Duff Gordon, and having a splendid time courtesy of The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger

Jan 4, 2012, 2:31pm Top

I am now in Japan in the 1600s learning about the pain of God's Silence and in England with Flavia de Luce realizing that A Red Herring Without Mustard just won't do!

Jan 5, 2012, 6:20pm Top

learning so much more about how Argentina became such a unique and fascinating country of stark contrasts. On 1 account it is tied to the world with rich European roots and on the other hand it is rooted in the Pampas and gaucho mystique.

Nicolas Shumway in The Invention of Argentina has written an essential and fascinating history of ideas, conflicts, writers and caudillos who helped make Argentina what it is today.

Jan 5, 2012, 9:57pm Top

Now I'm in Kenya in the year 1918 at the White Rhino Hotel.

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Jan 6, 2012, 12:21pm Top

I'm in the Balkans with The Tiger's Wife. I'm not sure what I'm doing there. I just started it.

Jan 6, 2012, 12:49pm Top

I'm in Kars, Turkey watching the Snow fall.

Jan 6, 2012, 12:56pm Top

I was just in North Korea, with The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters.

Jan 6, 2012, 8:19pm Top

In the Himalayas with The Inheritance Of Loss.

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I'm in Dublin and at an Irish country Hotel called the Majestic, at the time of the Troubles, reading J.G. Farrell's book of the same name. (Winner of the Lost Man Booker prize).

Jan 7, 2012, 11:12am Top

I am in England with Ukrainian refugees learning A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and in Ireland getting to know The Infinities.

Jan 7, 2012, 8:52pm Top

I've finally left the Sea of Poppies and am in Amsterdam where We All Wore Stars.

Jan 7, 2012, 8:57pm Top

I left Ontario, Canada after finishing Open Secrets: Stories by Alice Munro and I was briefly in...hmm...not exactly sure, possibly Germany in the dystopia Invitation to the Bold of Heart by Swiss author Dorothee Elmriger; however, I set that aside last night to be on the Mississippi River with Eudora Welty's The Robber Bridegroom.

Jan 9, 2012, 12:00am Top

Moving on to Russia to meet Life and Fate.

Jan 11, 2012, 11:42am Top

I've left The Murderess on a small, rocky Greek island in the 1890s.

Jan 11, 2012, 11:45am Top

I'm now in the Ottoman Empire during its last days, trying to discover why a murdered Enlgish governess was found with The Sultan's Seal.

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Mainly in London, but also in the US and elsewhere signaling False Flags.

Jan 11, 2012, 7:32pm Top

I'm in a Swiss prison, but I'm Not Stiller!

Jan 13, 2012, 4:23pm Top

I'm in Italy and I'm sure that at some point I'll be making my way to The Charterhouse of Parma.

Jan 13, 2012, 4:31pm Top

I'm on Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia, immersed in Fall On Your Knees.

Jan 14, 2012, 9:38am Top

I am in the Midwestern section of the United States having no trouble trying to Stay Awake, and also in Ireland as those naughty Greek Gods, or shall I refer to them as they prefer, as The Infinities, meddle in the lives of humans.

Jan 14, 2012, 3:56pm Top

I'm somewhere in the middle of northern Australia alongside 11 year old Mary and 8 year old Jack, as we Walkabout in search of food and water after a plane crash.

Jan 14, 2012, 6:45pm Top

# 30: I think Walkabout was made into a movie in the 1960's or so, although it was a bit different,

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>31 bookwoman247: Yes, it was made into a movie, 12 years after the book was published in 1959, which is mentioned in the introduction to the book:

Yet it was not until Nicolas Roeg turned it into a film twelve years later that the book acquired an aura of wide renown, despite the fact that relatively few people had read it. This is an ironic enough fate for a work of literature, but in fact the movie is so strikingly different from Marshall's lovely parable as to verge on travesty. It is a brilliant travesty, though, one that adds a curious urgency to the book's very different, apparently old-fashioned pleasures, which, as it turns out, have a good deal to tell us now.

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I've observed The Colors of Infamy in 20th century Cairo, my second book by Albert Cossery who I just discovered this year.

Jan 16, 2012, 1:15pm Top

I'm in Warsaw feeling confused. I'm halfway through Rondo by Kasimierz Brandys.

Jan 16, 2012, 7:23pm Top

I am in London on The Road Home and also n 16th century Spain learning about the meaning of Two Picaresque Spanish Novels.

Jan 17, 2012, 1:39am Top

I have just finished a very satisfying wander around Yorkshire with Jackson Brodie in Started Early, Took My Dog and have traveled over to Montreal to start Louise Penny's A Trick of the Light.

Jan 18, 2012, 8:07am Top

I'm in 1939 Istanbul, seeking A Mind at Peace.

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At the moment, (1839), I'm in Jamaica at a convent in Spanish Town. I'm sure that at some point I'll be crossing the Wide Sargasso Sea.

Jan 19, 2012, 2:13am Top

In Sydney, on the far side of Australia from me, watching relationships like old school ties unravel in Malcolm Knox's Summerland.

Jan 22, 2012, 8:41am Top

I'm now wandering through the jungle, the Green Mansions, of Guayana.

Jan 22, 2012, 10:16am Top

I've just left France, England, Germany, and other parts of Europe on my way To the Finland Station.

Jan 22, 2012, 10:44am Top

I'm on the Hawaian island of Molokai with hapless exiles suffering from leprosy in The Colony.

Jan 22, 2012, 12:14pm Top

I'm in Quebec with Mister Blue.

Jan 24, 2012, 12:59pm Top

After skipping through Persia, Tibet, Prague, and New York with Peter Sis, I am now in Deerfield, Massachussets with The Unredeemed Captive.

Jan 24, 2012, 1:58pm Top

I'm now on my way to Tuva or Bust!

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Jan 24, 2012, 9:36pm Top

I'm sitting in a isolated cabin on a bay in Quebec, alongside Mister Blue.

Jan 24, 2012, 11:37pm Top

>49 kidzdoc: Isn't the view great? I want that sun porch! I can't wait to hear your thoughts about the book.

Jan 25, 2012, 1:23am Top

In North London and Rochester, mainly, following the life of Charles Dickens in Claire Tomalin's competent telling.

Jan 25, 2012, 3:03am Top

Taking my time reading 1Q84 which takes place in Japan.

Jan 25, 2012, 11:54am Top

I've left Quebec for Japan, where I plan to read several Stained Glass Elegies.

>50 labfs39: Lisa, I loved Mister Blue! I posted a review on my Club Read and 75 Books threads, and I'll post one on Reading Globally in a minute.

Jan 25, 2012, 12:08pm Top

I am in France learning about A Secret Kept and also in Portugal boarding the Night Train to Lisbon.

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I'm now in the jungles of India during the waning days of the Raj, reading the adventure, Jungle Jest, by Talbot Mundy.

Jan 26, 2012, 7:44am Top

I'm now in Haiti, where there are literal and metaphorical Mountains Beyond Mountains, the metaphorical mountains being the barriers in the fight against disease and poverty.

Jan 26, 2012, 7:53am Top

Overwintering during my search for the north west passage, somewhere in The Broken Lands; and in back rooms in London looking for the final spy who will make the 'Cambridge Five' into The Trinity Six (on audiobook).

Jan 27, 2012, 8:29am Top

I've just trekked and fought my way from Europe to Jerusalem in the late 11th century with the Armies of Heaven (subtitled "The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse").

Jan 27, 2012, 10:31am Top

Now I'm traveling with Pearl Buck in China. So far, it's a fascinating journey to The Good Earth!

Jan 29, 2012, 10:47pm Top

And now I'm in the village of Puira, Peru at The Green House.

Jan 29, 2012, 11:55pm Top

In a Higher Court in Minnesota hearing arguments for and against the existence of God.

Jan 30, 2012, 12:07am Top

Feb 4, 2012, 2:43pm Top

I'm in the Austro-Hungarian backwater with Skylark's parents.

Feb 5, 2012, 7:26am Top

Physically I am in the SW corner of Portugal, but I am also in San Juan, Puerto Rico with Macho Camacho's Beat and in Medieval Japan with seminar papers published in Dogen Studies.

Feb 5, 2012, 8:39am Top

I'm dividing my time between London and Paris. After all, it's a Tale of Two Cities.

Feb 5, 2012, 4:09pm Top

I'm in an alternate universe that looks similar to Japan with my traveling partners, Aomeme and Tengo, circa 1Q84.

Feb 6, 2012, 7:47pm Top

I've left This Body of Death in the English countryside and London, The Ermine in Czernopol, The King dome of This World in revolutionary and post-revolutionary Haiti, and The Letter Killers Club in Stalinist Moscow.

Feb 6, 2012, 10:38pm Top

I am in Chancellorsvile for a Civil War battle wearing The Red Badge of Courage, and in Bern after riding the Night Train to Lisbon and back.

Feb 7, 2012, 6:34pm Top

I just finished dodging the law around the Borders and Highlands with Rob Roy and now I am following victims of the Clearances and their descendants across Canada in The Oatmeal Ark.

Feb 7, 2012, 8:21pm Top

#69> I read Rob Roy a few years back and enjoyed it a lot. Hope you liked it.

Feb 8, 2012, 10:44am Top

#> 70 I thought it was great. I first read it as a 10 year old and was afraid it might have lost something in the meantime, but the story still held up and I got a lot more out of the background story of conflict over the union of England as well.

Feb 10, 2012, 1:46pm Top

I'm in East Germany in the 1950s in The Quest for Christa T. by Christa Wolf. I'm reading about 2 pages a day because of real life, so at this rate I will still be there in April.

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Feb 10, 2012, 3:15pm Top

I've just left Amsterdam, am in Berlin, and am traveling the world to The End of the Alphabet.

Feb 10, 2012, 4:12pm Top

#74> "I'm telling you this cause you're one of my friends, but my alphabet starts where your alphabet ends." -- Dr. Seuss, On Beyond Zebra.

Sorry. Doesn't take very much to put me in mind of that bit of whimsey from my favorite Dr. Seuss book.

Feb 11, 2012, 11:20am Top

I've just left Cleopatra in a troubled Egypt in the last century BC.

Feb 12, 2012, 2:29pm Top

I am in Bethesda, Maryland at Port Mortuary and in a Deep River in Japan.

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Now I'm at The House at Riverton in England during the WWI era.

Feb 13, 2012, 8:04am Top

I'm in Sweden waiting to find out what Karin Alvtegen will Sacrifice.

Feb 13, 2012, 4:28pm Top

I'm in Tangshan where Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes.

Feb 14, 2012, 8:25am Top

I am leaving Sweden (1923 or so) as I have finished the new translation of Selma Lagerlof's The Lowenskold Ring, which is essentially folktale put to paper with a metafictional touch. Besides a book on tragedy, I'm wandering into mid-20th century Detroit with JCO's Them...

Feb 14, 2012, 11:39am Top

Am on a quick stopover in Palestine with Adania Shibli to examine her notion that We Are All Equally Far From Love.

Feb 15, 2012, 5:52am Top

I guess I am moving from Israel to Syria: Death of A Monk is novel by a Israeli author Alon Hilu set in Damascus.

Feb 17, 2012, 10:17am Top

I have left two students and their secrets in 1912 Japan in Kokoro.

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I'm now in the Dobe area on the fringe of the Kalahari, which is mostly in Botswana, doing an anthropological study of the !kung, especially of Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman.

Feb 17, 2012, 12:41pm Top

I am embarking on two journeys...one to England to meet Phineas Finn, and one to China to become comfortable with Vertical Motion.

Feb 17, 2012, 2:30pm Top

>85 bookwoman247: Bookwoman247, what do you think about Nisa? It entered my TBR pile not very long ago, but I have not read it yet.

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>87 Annix: Annix: Nisa is fascinating. The introduction was a bit long, and not as diverting as the rest of the book where Nisa is telling her own story. The translation seems to me to capture the rhythms of Nisa's speech, which makes it a terrific read.

Feb 17, 2012, 4:19pm Top

>88 bookwoman247: Thank you! That sounds very fascinating in deed! I'll try to move Nisa closer to the top of the book pile.
I bought it after having heard a recommendation by the author Lasse Berg on a Swedish tv show about literature, where in the end the authors were asked to recommend their favorite non-fiction book.

Feb 18, 2012, 3:44pm Top

I've just left The Snow Child in 1920s Alaska.

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I'm in the mountains of early 20th century Turkey, on the run from the infidel Abdi Agha alongside Memed, My Hawk.

Feb 19, 2012, 12:06pm Top

Still in England with Phineas Finn, but have left China for Ontario, Canada In The Skin of a Lion.

Feb 19, 2012, 6:16pm Top

I'm still hunting family stories in Vienna but things are about to take a turn for the worse I think as I continue my search for The Hare with the Amber Eyes

Feb 21, 2012, 3:05pm Top

I am in Hungary, following The Adventures of Sinbad and all his women.

Feb 21, 2012, 3:19pm Top

I'm now in Denmark, following the fortunes of Hamlet.

Feb 21, 2012, 8:39pm Top

In London with Adam Dalgleish, trying to work out who committed the Original Sin.

Feb 21, 2012, 10:56pm Top

I'm at Keen's Crossing, near Sydney, in The Great World by David Malouf.

Feb 22, 2012, 12:07pm Top

I've left GB84, Britain at the time of the 1984-85 coal miner's strike as told fictionally by David Peace.

Feb 23, 2012, 9:06pm Top

I'm near Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa way back in prehistory - Great Sky Woman by Steven Barnes - It's the last week of African-American history month in the US.

Feb 23, 2012, 10:28pm Top

I'm in Poland reading Maus.

Feb 25, 2012, 9:49am Top

I've just left A Tomb for Boris Davidovich in Stalinist Russia.

Feb 25, 2012, 9:55pm Top

Deep in the different interpretations of the Boxer Rebellion in turn-of-the-century China with History In Three Keys.

Feb 26, 2012, 8:27pm Top

Ooo wandering, that's a good one. I really enjoy Spence's style. Hope you enjoy it!

Feb 26, 2012, 9:35pm Top

Learning about Chile in 2666 ways, and in the USA living in the Great House.

Feb 27, 2012, 2:17pm Top

I'm in Washington, DC, having just started Allen Drury's semi-classic (at least) political drama from the late 50s, Advise and Consent.

Feb 27, 2012, 3:02pm Top

I've been traveling The Wilder Shores of Love - drawn to the exotic East in all its oriental splendor during the Regency through the Victorian eras - Athens, Damscus, India, the wild Bedouin-inhabited desert and more

(I am so loving this book, by the way!)

Feb 28, 2012, 3:54pm Top

I'm still stuck in Detroit with Them by Joyce Carol Oates, but the good news is that we've made it through some rough decades to the mid-60s now and the journey will be ending soon.

Feb 28, 2012, 4:36pm Top

I'm in Berlin, its 1943 and I'm hiding in a bomb shelter sitting out a ferocious Air Raid. My nerves are jangled and I am terrified of what I might find when I'm finally able to surface. The Zookeeper's War by Steven Conte

Feb 28, 2012, 4:38pm Top

Just leaving New Zealand in the 1880's in The Colour and now in London after the war in The Clothes on Their Backs - both from the Orange Prize list.

Feb 28, 2012, 9:46pm Top

I'm in Limuru, Kenya in 1952 with Ngugi wa Thiong'o having Dreams in a Time of War.

#108 Booktechie, I liked The Zookeeper's War too but it just gets grimmer and grimmer. Great to see someone else reading it - haven't seen many comments on it on here.

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Yesterday I spent the afternoon in war torn Afghanistan alongside The Patience Stone, then traveled to Oslo, in Professor Andersen's Night, which I hope to finish today.

Feb 29, 2012, 12:36pm Top

I just left The Corner That Held Them, a 14th century English convent.

Mar 4, 2012, 7:04pm Top

I'm in England, the year is 1138, and there is One Corpse Too Many.

Mar 5, 2012, 1:32pm Top

Hello everyone. There is now a new thread for March/April. See you over there!

Mar 8, 2012, 11:38am Top

103 - Hi lilisin, I really enjoy reading Spence too - this book is actually not by him but by Paul A Cohen, but it's definitely worthy of being confused with the great man!

Mar 8, 2012, 2:11pm Top

115 - Oh, yes, you're right! Paul A Cohen! Silly me. I read that book and a Spence for the same class, hence the confusion. But still a brilliant book and well written! Thanks for the correction!

Mar 12, 2012, 4:40pm Top

I'm in Lebanon hearing the stories inside and between stories told by a local Storyteller or The Hakawati.

Edited: Mar 19, 2012, 8:40pm Top

I've not been out of the English-speaking world much this year - yet. Currently I'm in the UK with a short fiction collection by A. L. Kennedy, Now That You're Back.

Edited to add: Now I'm off to look for the March thread...sorry!

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