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Travel The World (without leaving your house)

Have you ever read a book that has transported you to a different place? Have you ever felt you were at Hogwarts? Or on a ship navigating treacherous seas? It is said that a good book has the ability to transport you places. Keeping that in mind, Kimberly Mays from Global English Editing has recently complied a list of books that she feels represent the country they were written about.

The Most Iconic Books Set in 150 Countries Around the World is a book listing in infographic form representing, as the name suggests, a list of 150 books that are iconic of the countries they are set in. From iconic books like Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (the United States), Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea and Anne Frank’s The Diary of a young Girl (Denmark) to newer books like Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner (Afghanistan) and Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sweden), the list has them all. India’s entry on the list in Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger. To see the rest of the list, visit the site here.

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One thought on “Travel The World (without leaving your house)

  1. This is indeed interesting. I have many a times felt that a book can transport me to the place described. This is even true for fantasy books.
    Had a look at the infographic and I must say was a bit surprised at some of the choices. I haven’t read ‘The White Tiger’, but I don’t know if it truly represents India as a whole. Of course, off the top of my head, I cannot come up with a suitable alternative. Another surprise – ‘The Adventures Tom Sawyer’ to represent the United States. This book is really old, and in my humble opinion, contains racist content. Of course, one may argue that with the current situation in the States, this would make sense. ‘Dracula’ for Romania? Do vampires even exist? ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, while putting Sweden on the map, isn’t really representative of the country.
    Saying that, I think this is a very interesting concept and Kimberly Mays has an excellent idea. Will definitely be checking out some of the books on the list. Thank you, Campion Reads, for bringing it to my notice.

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