Thursday, October 21, 2010

Booking Through Thursday

I don't normally participate in the Booking Through Thursday meme. Actually I'm really bad at keeping up with any meme's. I try, I just get busy and distracted and then poof, my meme posts are no more! Anyways, It was this weeks Booking Through Thursday question that got me: Name a book (or books) from a country other than your own that you love. Or aren’t there any?

I'm an American, and while I would add more than a few home grown writers to my favorites list, I just generally gravitate to foreign writers. Typically I end up reading Europeans. It's not a purposeful thing, but it just sort of happens. 

My favorite foreign discovery of the last few years would have to be Milan Kundera. He's a Czech writer currently living in France. His Unbearable Lightness of Being is my favorite book. I'm actually waiting for the copy I put on hold at the library to get in. I'm hoping his familiar words can get me out of this reading rut I've been in these past two weeks. 

What about you? Do you find yourself reading works by people in far away places or sticking closer to home?


Alayne said...

Unbearable is a FABulous book. Great pick. I'm starting a new meme today called What Were They Thinking? over at The Crowded Leaf.. Stop by if you want to participate!

DawnTreader said...

Since my first language is Swedish but I've been reading in English for forty years, I had to make this question more challenging for myself by excluding English/American writers as well as Swedish. If you like, read my answer here

Haven't read the book you mention. Yet... ;)

bekkah said...

I'm looking forward to eventually reading Unbearable...I've heard very good things about it, but have yet to give it a try.

jlshall said...

Unbearable Lightness is one of my favorites, too. Actually, I've really loved just about everything I've read by Kundera - he's a wonderful writer!

parrish lantern said...

I like to think I read a wide range of authors from across the planet, for example at the moment I'm reading an American & a Filipino, although I have a tendency to obsess if I find an writer I really like, recent cases of that have been Roberto Bolano & Haruki Murakami. Absolutely love Kundera & enjoyed your write up