Six Books, Six Continents

Africa

Red Strangers by Elspeth Huxley

Africa has a lot going for it as a continent – like elephants – but somehow it doesn’t often feature among my readings. (That could be because I don’t keep re-reading Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.)

I read Red Strangers for a reading challenge a couple of years ago and boy, was it a challenge!… But the last paragraph made up for it all.

⇒ A Girl Called Aeroplane

(Do let me know what you think of it!)


Europe

War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy

This is where I rub shoulders with Nobel Prize winners. Besides, it’s such an epic…

Tolstoy, Mario Vargas Llosa, My Grandmother & Me
The World According to Tolstoy (El mundo según Tolstói)

South America

Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa

This book introduced me to Mario Vargas Llosa and converted me into his faithful reader… Perhaps you should give it a try?

Death in the Andes

Asia

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima

Yukio Mishima is one of those writers who is remembered for the wrong reason: the way he died (he committed seppuku after a failed coup d’état). It would have been better if he was remembered for being a great writer. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion is one of his best books and it’s based on a real incident (which I will not name here – the idea is the you read the review!

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

North America

The Conquest of New Spain by Bernard Díaz del Castillo

There will be pedants who’ll say that I shouldn’t have listed North America and South America as separate continents here and further those who will point out that Mexico is in Central America rather than North America, but this is not their blog. New Spain as it happens did cover territories up in California among others (there’s a reason for city names like San Francisco and Los Angeles).

Anyhow Bernard Díaz del Castillo was one of Hernán Cortes’s foot soldiers and took part in the conquest of Mexico in 1519-21. The Conquest of New Spain is an eye witness account and one that reads very well. Enjoy the following excerpt:

The Burning Mountain of Huexotzinco

Australia

Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly

Well, on this blog you don’t often get book reviews of authors who are not only alive and kicking but are also on the New York Times bestseller list… so even if you read none of the book reviews recommended above (I know you didn’t, you’re looking shifty), you do want to read this one:

Nobody Writes Like Matthew Reilly
Throwback Thursday:
Revisiting posts from the early days of Waterblogged

4 thoughts on “Six Books, Six Continents

  1. Pingback: May 11th 2018 – Weekly Roundup of Members Posts | Blogging Meetup

Comment is free...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s