I might do a couple of themes on my blog in the future on this subject. Not all my books are American Mystery and Thrillers, I do spread out into other countries. I read, on occasion, books from Africa, India, China, Japan etc. For some reason I cant recall reading books either from the Middle East or Australia and I have no idea why.
I’ve just flicked through some of my reviews, and found that I’ve got very few reviews up for the countries mentioned above, even though I know I’ve read quite a few. I can only think that whilst I did read them, the reviews I wrote were so poor or non existent that I decided not to port them over to my blog. That’s bad, and another thing I need to rectify.
I have recently tidied my bookshelves and have found quite a few books from the far east and these are now in their own pile, ready for reading and review!
Books I would recommend:
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. A large tome, covering a cast of near thousands, set in India. Not a book I would recommend to complete novices, but still worth the effort if you can work your way thorough it.
Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi. Written and set in 1940s Japan, it hasnt dated and has a definite modern feel (only a single reference to “the war” made me go check the publication date to find out which war.
Out by Natsuo Kirino. Set in modern Japan, it has a strong group of 4 women at its core, but has a bleak story line of what people will do when they’ve reached their breaking point.
Shogun by James Clavell, Another historical Japanese story, a fictional account of the first western sailor to train into the Daiymo (and Shogun) elite
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. One of the few “Russians” I’ve actually been able to finish – and want to read again! Transports to a Russia in the early 20th century, when private passions reflect the turmoil outside
BookerTalk is one of the blogs I follow and she is currently on a journey to read more World Literature, and whose progress can be followed on her book blog