Travel the world with these novels

Travel Writers & Books — By on August 25, 2010 at 6:09 pm

novels about the worldIf you like both reading and travel, then you’ll love this list I just came across of “100 novels that let you travel the world without leaving home.” There is a lot of great literature that is set in various countries and there are many wonderful books that give you close-up views of cultures around the world. There are no doubt other books that could be included here, but this list will still keep you busy for a good long while. Here are 10 of the novels:

On the Road by Jack Kerouac: A classic of the beat generation, in this novel you’ll take a road trip with some artsy types back and forth across America.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: Check out this classic book to travel down the Mississippi.

Love in the Time of Choleraby Gabriel Garcia Marquez: This epic tale of patient love spans decades and provides an interesting peek into a city that is suggestively located in Colombia, where García Márquez spent his early years.

Like Water for Chocolateby Laura Esquivel: In this novel, readers can travel back to turn-of-the-century Mexico.

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles: In this well-known novel, a couple and their friend travel to North Africa, falling into trouble because they are unaware of the many dangers that surround them.

True at First Light by Ernest Hemingway: This fictionalized memoir has readers on a safari hunting for big game in East Africa with Hemingway and his wife.

The Beach by Alex Garland: Search for a utopian island off the coast of Thailand along with the main character in this intriguing and mysterious novel.

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse: This classic novel creates a fictionalized version of the life of the Buddha, taking readers on a spiritual and cultural journey.

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy: Set in India, this award-winning novel is at once a mystery, a drama and a completely innovative work in the English language.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: For those who know little of Afghanistan in the years prior to 9/11, this novel reveals a compelling history and a beautiful story of friendship.

What other titles would you add to the list?

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