Non Travel books that have made you want to visit a place
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I'll start with a few of mine.
I have wanted to visit Prince Edward Island ever since I read L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gablesseries when I was about 10.
Around the same time Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons books had me absolutely fascinated with the Lake district. I remember poring over maps trying to decide where all the places in the books actually where.
A Town like Alice fueled a desire (not yet realised) to visit Australia. And Helene Hanff's 84, Charing Cross Road made me want to go to both London and New York.
I long to visit the Southern States of America and the coast after reading loads of books about that area. And the more, fiction and non-fiction, I read about Antarctica, the more I want to go there.
However, I read a lot of books about India, and I don't think I could cope with going there, so then my reading takes me places I can't go myself (sorry if I offend anyone from that Continent).
In a reverse tack - ANYTHING that features my lovely home city, Birmingham, I will read without fail, even in a genre I don't normally go for!
Actually, before I flew out of London, I had to purchase a larger carry-on to take back the books I had purchased along Charing Cross Road.
Then there's the coast with the all the barrier islands. You don't need to bring your wellies and your coat to the beach here! For those of us used to the rather chilly waters around Britain, stepping in the Atlantic here in the Southern US is best compared to stepping into warm bath water.
It's definitely worth a visit.
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The (several) history books on the Crusades I've been reading have made me want to backpack across the continents, following the same path the Crusaders took. I think that one will be a littler harder to pull off...
(BTW, I joined this group today, this is my first post :) )
I became interested in Newfoundland first though a band called Great Big Sea, but because of them and their love of their homeland, I picked up The Shipping News. It's on my list of places to visit.
As is Australia, inspired as was the OP by A Town Like Alice. :D
Paul Scott's Raj Quartet made me want to visit India, albeit an historic India. Leon Uris's Exodus made me want to visit Israel.
Many years ago I had a copy of the large coffee table book titled (I think) Living With Books or At Home With Books, and there was a great picture chapter on Haye-On-Wye in Wales. That lead me to Sixpence House by Paul Collins, a non-fiction piece about his experiences in that same book-town. And, of course, I loved Sylvia Beach's Shakespeare & Company for her take on literary Paris of the 1920's (sigh).
Argh - that book drove me mad with anger and frustration! He was SO RUDE and inaccurate about England - our teeth and newspapers are bad, our houses are really really small, etc etc. I was on a Bookring for it and all the other participants were outside the UK and often had not visited, and were all excited to see what the British were like, how we live, etc.
I do *love* Hay, however - although I forgot to look for Sixpence House when I went there...
Many years ago I read the book Far Afield by Susanna Kaysen that took place in the Faroe Islands- a place I had never heard of until reading that book. I believe it was about an anthropology student who goes to the islands to study. I couldn't remember the author until a few years ago I read Girl Interrupted and saw the book listed as one she had written.
Katbook - In a book I previously mentioned, Last Places, the Faroe Islands were also mentioned, and I'd like to visit them too, plus Newfoundland, Greenland, Prince Edward Island, etc. Atlantic Canada & the Maritime Provinces seem appealing to me, at this time of my life.
The Aunt Dimity mystery series by Nancy Atherton and anything by Elizabeth Goudge always fuel my desire to visit England/Wales, though I've basically always wanted to go there since I discovered Arthurian literature as a teen....I did spend 10 days in Scotland in 2002...
White Stallion of Lipizza by Marguerite Henry and Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart made me want to visit Vienna...
Sophie's World and The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder made me want to travel through all of Europe!
The Labyrinth by Kate Mosse and The Treasure of Montsegur by Sophy Burnham made me want to visit the Albigensian region of France...
I'd also like to go to Egypt, Prague, and Istabul, although I'm not sure I could trace any specific non-travel books as contributing to it...
Finally, the mystery novels of Barbara Nadel made my longing for Istanbul so unbearable I even applied for an internship there.
I'm sure there are more, but that's what comes to my mind right now.
Halldor Laxness' Independent People (Iceland)
Jose Saramago's The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (Portugal, Lisbon in particular)
Jeanette Winterson's The Passion (Venice)
Jorge Amado's Dona Flor & Her Two Husbands (Brazil)
Pablo Neruda's Canto General (Chile)
And so on...
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On another topic: My husband and I have been to India twice, a nation that has to be experienced, it can't be described, but it was fascinating! I think I'll look into some of the books that interested others.
I recently visited Yorkshire, a place I've wanted to see my whole life after growing up with James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small series.
I could go on... practically every armchair travel book or expat book makes me want to travel! Too Much Tuscan Sun makes me want to travel with the author, Dario.
Reich is a former Swiss banker and the book is a mystery set in Switzerland and Reich sets a incredibly rich & detailed view of what life & work is like in Switzerland. Would highly recommend it.
The Daughter of Time and other novels about Richard III made me want to visit Yorkshire (especially Middleham), Bosworth, Minster Lovell, and other sites.
Those Arthurian stories & novels get credit for Tintagel, Glastonbury, etc.
The Lord of the Rings plus Tolkien biographies put Oxford on the list. Visited his favorite tree at the Botanical Gardens --- an Ent if there ever was one! And now the movies have me itching to see NZ!
An historical novel (can't remember the name) about the Glencoe massacre made me want to visit Glencoe ---
a breathtaking place.
No need to say what work made me want to visit Hisarlik. :-)
Books of Robert W. Service's poetry were to blame for Alaska & the Yukon. :-)
My sister says it's a good thing The Inferno isn't my favorite book.
I would throw in The Flanders Panel, which made me want to visit Madrid again and pay more attention. And Summer's Lease, which had me yearning to see the hill towns of Italy. Although pretty well acquainted with the area, My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle fuel a constant longing to return to southern France. And I want to go to Egypt, thanks to The Alexandria Quartet. And I get my Mont-St-Michel fix from a rather moody book called The Tides of Mont St. Michel. (It's by Roger Vercel, since it looks like the Touchstone feature might not help me out by automatically providing the author's name).
I am just starting what promises to be the tragic story of a very uncomfortable trip into Labrador at the turn of the century, and I'm pretty sure I won't want to go there when I'm done.
Edited once because I couldn't spell "tragic", and a second time to ask myshelves if she had ever read Robert Service's entertaining attempt at writing what I think was intended to be a sort of Gothic romance, The House of Fear. (Momentary snicker break, as Touchstone gets it wrong). From the first sentences, you know you are in the hands of an author who is about to do some mangling: "The Hon. Peter MacBeth was drunk, ingloriously drunk. The time was daybreak; the place Paris. Down the glimmering Champs Elysees came a rake-hell taxi. In the dim leer of the dawn it was like a beast of prey, swift and silent; and the driver, muffled to the eyes, seemed also a predacious creature of the night."
Of all the places I have visited, Italy remains my favourite. The combination of the physical beauty of the landscape and architecture, perfect weather, fantastic food and the wonderfully friendly people make it hard to top.
I agree! I've been to Italy once, and I can't wait to go back and spend more time there. I am constantly looking for good books that are somehow related to anything Italian.
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In this case though it's a memory book about her travels around the world. Great photos of found art--matchboxes, tins, old documents.
I suppose it is a travel book, but it's a travel book to nooks and crannies around the world.
(I tried to touchstone Trading in Memories but it's not picking it up, tradinginmemories.com is her site.
Thinking about it, of course I went there because of the book - hadn't thought about it that way.
- The Shipping News / E. Annie Proux - New Foundland
- The Shadow of the wind / Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Barcelona
- The Happy Islands / Paul Theroux - Cook Islands (they are indeed beautiful and the people are living at a quiet and easy pace; I would love to spend some more time there)
- Novels of Jane Austen has inspired other authors to write some enticing new books about great walks in Austen Country.
- The Bone People / Kerwin Hulme - New Zealand (great book about love and child abuse in New Zealand. With some people I went looking for recognition points in the area where the book is about, but we couldn't find it. There was only the quietness and loneliness of New Zealands back country.)
- The books of James Herriot: walking in the Downs is great. Sorry, of course this should be the Yorkshire Dales like chrisharpe pointed out. Thank you.
Fortunately, South America is a big place, so if you seek, you will find almost anything. In my case, Macondo turned out to be Lencois in Brazil. It's a beautiful place to just hang around in, and a perfect base for some excellent hiking in the Chapada Diamantina National Park.
I put a gallery from the area on www.pvv.org/~bct/brasil2/diamantina.html , and I recommend the book to everyone, but particularly to those who have visited the place and not yet read the book.
I just finished Bangkok 8, which introduced me to the curious culture of Thailand.
Finally, I read The Fish Can Sing, by Halldor Laxness several years ago. Iceland sounds like a very strange yet fascinating place.
# 51: James Herriot's books are set in the Yorkshire Dales, not the Downs - but that's no reason not to visit the Downs of course!
We also drove to the "llanos"--plains--of Colombia where it is hot and there are mountains in the distance. A gorgeous place. We drove to Bucaramanga through some of the most fabulous scenery I've ever seen--and I've been in 30 countries and 48 states of the USA, and 10 provinces of Canada! We didn't get time to drive the family to the coast (we're leaving in a month :-( ), but the Caribbean coast (Cartegena--where we spent our 20th anniversary) and the island that belongs to Colombia (San Andres--where we went for our 25th anniversary) are fantastic.
But our favorite place in the country is the colonial town of Villa de Leyva, a place it has been safe to drive to our whole stay. We've visited there probably 60 times! We never tire of it.
So, Colombia is a place worth visiting and you don't have to worry about being kidnapped or shot--but be careful with your wallet! :-)
I read snow on a beach in Tunisia and found looking up and seeing camels a bit weird. I also wanted to go to Kars but wondered if blizzards might be a bit much.
Having been born and raised in the hot, humid, American South, I am not a fan of cold weather or snow at all. However, Winter Solstice made me want to go to Scotland in the winter. It sounded so cozy and the characters were so warm.
And, I live within a few miles of the Natchez Trace Bridge which I show everyone who visits from out of town. I tell my husband, someday, I will drive the entire Trace from beginning to end (with or without him)!
I don't live that far from the Natchez Trace and I still haven't gotten out and driven the whole of it. The books by Nevada Barr were inspiring but apparently not inspiring enough as after reading that book and saying to myself that I was going to drive the Trace I still haven't done it.
I was planning a trip to Washington DC and decided not to wait for The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown to come out in paperback since it takes place there. So I bought it and read it before I went and then was able to schedule my sightseeing to see things in the book. Of course they were places I would have gone to anyway.