I have to admit, reading novels is one of my guilty pleasures, especially when I am finally on holiday and have actually the time for such luxuries. However, I have recently had some great bed time reading, which made me want to travel even more and especially to some unusual places. And since I am not the only one, who cannot travel as much as we´d like, here are some inspirational tales to travel in your own mental cinema.
This great novel by John Irving is mainly set in Mumbai, India. The main character of the book does not travel around the country, yet, sheds light on certain aspects of Indian culture and beliefs, which leaves you longing to know more about this marvelous country. I certainly do!
That Moment by Douglas Kennedy is for a great part set in Berlin, while it was still sperated in East and West. It gives one a great impression on life in both parts of the city at this time as well as how different Berlin became after the wall fell. For a German person from the south this contrast is something absolutely fascinating and when I visited Berlin the Museum dedicated to the DDR was one of the most memorable experiences of the whole trip. And the best part about Berlin, divided or not, as reflected in this book, is that it is a melting pot of cultures and absolutely mezmerizing place to be.
A thousand splendid suns by Khladed Hosseini shows Afgahnistan to the world from the side of a native, not international media. It tells the story of two woman on the verge of the Taliban take over. You feel like you are traveling with them on their escape and want to explore more of this marvelous country.
Manduchai by Tanja Kinkel tells the story of the last Mongolian Queen as well as the most influential of the Chinese emperors Konkubines, whose lives intervene serveral times. One can imagine exploring the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, as well as crossing Mongolia on horseback and cannot wait to actually do it in person!
This book follows the adventurous journeys of a young French silk worm breeder, who when silk worms in Europe are threatened by an epidemic, travels all the way to Japan to retrieve healthy silk worm eggs. Alessandro Baricco has such a way with words, pure poetry in the form of a novel.
What about you? What are your favourite wanderlust enducing books? Please share them with me in the comments below as I am always eager to discover new favourite novels 😉
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