Some books haven’t worked as well for us. My niece started “A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush,” by Eric Newby, and couldn’t get past the first section. I didn’t care for “Among Flowers,” by Jamaica Kincaid; it was too much about the author and not enough about Nepal. We shouldn’t have any trouble finding great books about Europe or the Americas, but we need help with Africa, the South Pacific, Central Asia and other places with fewer translated works.
Your foundation’s reading list seems like the perfect opportunity to turn the page to 2018 with a more hopeful literary goal in mind: Read books, do good. All the books below share an urgent quality that I think aligns with your mission. Two books about incarceration would make an eminently discussable pair.
I was a religious studies major in college before I became serious about my career and got a degree in applied computer science. After retiring about two years ago I’ve found that my early interests are still with me, however. Now that I have the time to pursue them through reading fiction, I am struggling to find the books. Although I myself am Buddhist, it doesn’t matter to me which religious tradition figures in the stories I read.
@herandrews I love your lists! Especially for Africa. I considered adding Mabanckou. I admire all his work. Another writer I re-read: Sony Labou Tansi. Please post your books in the comments section! Readers can benefit from your wisdom.
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