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Subject: My 2013 World Literature Mini Challenge
Date Posted: 1/13/2013 11:10 AM ET
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Because I enjoyed this challenge so much in 2012, I'm going to repeat it for 2013.  I think my choices are better this year.  So pleased to date.  Here goes:

Land of the Midnight Sun: the work is set in or the author lives in a country (other the U.S) with borders north of the Arctic Circle:   Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat4 stars, 4/22/2013

South of the border: the work is set in or the author lives in a country south of the U.S. border:  The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho (Brazil), /6/2013.

Europa: the work is set in Europe or the author is European:  Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland, 5 stars, 5/25/2013

Asia: the work is set in Asia or the author is Asian:   Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang, 3/4/2013, 3 stars.

Walkabout:  the work is set in Australia or the author is Australian (Australian author):   The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, 3/2/2013, or Mellington Hall by Meredith Rescue (ebook)

African exploration: the work is set in Africa or the author is African:  King Leopold's Dream by Jeremy Gavron, 11/12/2013 


Tour guide: read a travel/exploration work:  Country Driving A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler, completed 2/1/2013

Bon Voyage!  I plan to have fun!


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Date Posted: 2/18/2013 6:19 PM ET
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I will be reading a book that fits into your Land of the Midnight Sun category.  It's The Saga of Gosta Berling, and one reviewer called it "the Gone With the Wind of Sweden."   But first I'm reading the short novel, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Sparks, because Maggie Smith, the British actress who appears as Lady Violet in the PBS series, Downton Abbey, has seized my attention presently.  It was she who brought Miss Jean Brodie "alive" from the pages of Sparks' book onto the motion picture screen, many years ago.

Late April:  I recently read The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, so I guess that would qualify for the "Europa" category of the World Lit Challenge (Lite) for 2013.  And after I read the book, I read the Cliff Notes for it, and that was a good idea, for it amplified some of the ideas that occurred to me while reading the book.

Next up was To The LIghthouse, by Virginia Woolf.   I discovered that Dostoyevsky and Woolf were both 'psychological' authors, showing the reader the thoughts and feelings of the characters in their novels.  

Now I am reading Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and finding it very readable despite its mid-nineteenth century style, and the dialogue, much of which is in an old-fashioned Southern dialect (among the Negro slaves).




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