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Do you like to read novels "set in" location?

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Initial post: 27 Feb 2013 14:14:26 GMT
TripFiction says:
At we are continually bringing together books that are `set in' and evocative of location. Come and add reviews and suggest any books you feel bring a location to life, to make this an even more comprehensive resource for actual and armchair travellers alike "see a location through an author's eyes"

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2013 17:54:05 GMT
Unicorn says:
Hello, yes, I love books which are evocative of a location (and a time). I just finished Anita Shreve's "Strange Fits of Passion" which is set in a small fishing town in Maine (USA), as are most of her books. Her excellent descriptions of the ever changing sea, the weather, the work of the lobster men takes you there. - I absolutely loved Tan Twan Eng's "The Garden of Evening Mists", set in Malaya, which transported me back to the time I spent there as a young girl. A fantastic book. - After reading "The Sewing circles of Herat" by Christina Lamb I listen to the mostly awful news from Afghanistan with a lot of compassion. - "The Bridge" by Geert Mak takes you to a microcosm of Istanbul, and if you are interested in this city continue with "A Memento for Istanbul" by Ahmet Uemit, a travel through history and a detective story on top of this. Excellent. - "Prospero's Daughter" by Elizabeth Nunez is a haunting tale set in Trinidad. - Raja Shehade's "A Rift in Time" (Palestine) and "Palestinian Walks" (Palestine) - they make you feel serene, in spite of all the intractable problems in this area. I live in Palestine. - Highly recommendable are also Ismail Kadare's "Chronicle in Stone" (a small town in Albania), "The Almond Picker" by Simonetta Agnello Hornby (Sicily), "Say you are one of them" by Uwem Akpan (Africa), "Birds without Wings" by Louis de Bernieres (Turkey, Greece), "Corfu" by Robert Dessaix. - I could go on and on, and when I look at my list I realize I love this kind of books most of all!

Posted on 27 Feb 2013 19:08:50 GMT
Ethereal says:
I'm not sure I understand the OP as all novels are set in location and if well done should evoke it - I assume what's meant is places readers may not know so are brought to life for them. Some I loved are Monique Roffey's The White Woman on the Green Bicycle set in Trinidad, another Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns in Kabul, Banana Yoshimoto's Goodbye Tsugumi in Japan, & Annie Proulx's short stories Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2013 20:14:54 GMT
Marand says:
Totally agree with your point about location. This individual has posted details of his/her website on more than a few threads no so I guess it is all really about driving traffic. I am not sure what Amazon will think as I thought that links to external sites were a no-no.

Posted on 27 Feb 2013 21:59:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2013 21:59:42 GMT
monica says:
Chef Marand, Ethereal has given links to books; Unicorn has given book titles without links (but I'll be looking some of them up anyway). Similarly, from what I gather, URL okay with amazon but links to another site aren't, except on profile page where link is to the customer's own site.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2013 13:39:48 GMT
Marand says:
Thanks for the info about urls.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2013 20:14:15 GMT
TripFiction says:
What a fabulous collection of novels that evoke location. Thank you for taking the time to list them! So right about Anita Shreve - will get hold of Palestinian Walks.....We are just reading The Forgiven by Lawrence Osborne which makes you think you are in Morocco. And have just finished Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan which is so evocative of New York in the early 20th century!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2013 21:57:24 GMT
Unicorn says:
Thank you for your reply! I will check out "The Forgiven" and your website. So long!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2013 14:24:33 GMT
TripFiction says:
Gosh, great book suggestions, Ethereal, thank you. Finding books set in specific locations is not always easy, and we have always enjoyed reading novels set in a chosen locale because it adds a hugely different dimension in addition to guidebooks, seeing a place through an author's eyes...

Posted on 4 Mar 2013 08:59:20 GMT
Catherine says:
Yes, i like to 'see' the location. It is a character in its own right (or so i was told by a tutor) and i agree. I do try and bear that in mind with my own writing.

Posted on 15 Mar 2013 18:01:21 GMT
Clem's War by AC Michael is set in Bradford (England) and Ukraine and I think its rather good so far...worth a try as its available on prime
Clem's War (Ukrainish Adventures!)
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