Sunday, January 25, 2015

BW4: Books of the Far East

Rebun Island, Japan

I have been meandering about Japan, but I'm ready to venture on. In my wanderings discovered the Sea of Japan is bordered by not only Japan, but North and South Korea and Russia. I've already explored Russia so decided to head in a southerly direction to explore different rabbit trails and ended up adding a few more books to my wishlist.

James Church and his Inspector O series set in North Korea which starts with A Corpse in the Koryo:

A Corpse in the Koryo

 Plus Simon Winchester's  A Walk through the Land of Miracles

A Walk through the land of Miracles

as well as The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim

The Calligrapher's Daughter

I dipped down into the East China Sea and across to Shanghai and found Elvira Baryakini's White Shanghai: A novel of the Roaring Twenties.

White Shanghia

and from there started my journey across the continent with Colin Thubron's Shadow of the Silk Road

Shadow of the Silk Road

Check out the Goodreads Around the World in 80 Days  discussion for more books set in both North and South Korea, as well as those set in ChinaMongolia, as well as popular Silk Road stories.  

Happy Hunting!


History of the Medieval World - Chapter 4 (pp 28-35) and Chapter 5 (pp 36 - 40)
The Persian Threat (325 - 361)
The Apostate         (361 - 364)

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  1. I need to check out the suggestions for books from the countries you mentioned. When I adopted my daughters, I had the opportunity to visit China twice, and had layovers in South Korea and Japan. All were beautiful countries with friendly people. Such great memories of time spent in these Asian countries.

  2. Week 4 - 'The Woman who Stole my Life' by Marian Keyes. A woman with Guillan-Barre syndrome seems an unlikely starting point for a novel, but as always Marian Keyes weaves a dramatic, engaging and moving tale. Often dismissed as 'chick-lit', Keyes remains one of my favourite authors and as we all know, we Irish are the best story tellers!

  3. Posting on behalf of helenjean@midgetgemquilts
    This week I read Ann Cleeves' 'Thin Air', no 6 in her Jimmy Perez police series set in the Shetlands. Very good light reading, will be worth watching when it comes to our TV screens. My next book will be Peter Ackroyd's 'Clerkenwell Tales', a take on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales characters.

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