I love reading books on holiday. It’s my favourite thing to do. I mean actual books too. I fill the suitcase with book after book after book. I read fiction and non-fiction of all types but I do love reading books about the country I’m in at that particular time there is something extra special about that.
Here are some of my favourites and some from others too…
On the Road: Jack Kerouac’s novel is a brilliant blend of fiction and autobiograpical. One of the most influential and important novels of the 20th century, On the Road is the book that launched the Beat Generation and remains the bible of that literary movement. Compulsory reading for all backpackers as Kerouac hitches backwards forwards across the states in search of Jazz, drugs, sex and the meaning of life.
In Patagonia: A vintage classic due to the beautifully written prose. In Patagonia is an account of Bruce Chatwin’s travels to Argentina in search of a strange beast and his encounters with people on the road.
I fell in love with this book whilst in Delhi. The book follows the story of an escaped Australian convict who finds his way to India where he falls in love, works for gangsters, fights the Russians in Afghanistan, gets imprisoned in Bombay, becomes a professional forger and an amateur doctor and experiences life in an Indian slum. It’s a fabulous book although not entirely realistic!
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