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SOUTH AMERICA – Reading The World

 

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South America
Countries read are in bold blue

Potential books to be read are listed below each country. Books read are in red. An asterisk (*) indicates books I own but have not read yet.

1. Argentina (Buenos Aires)

  • A Secret for Julia, by Patricia Sagastizabal

2. Bolivia (Sucre)

  • The Fat Man From La Paz: Contemporary Fiction from Bolivia, by Rosario Santos

3. Brazil (Brasilia)

  • The Alchemist, by Paulo Coehlo (finished 15 June 2007; rated 5/5; read my review)
  • The War of the End of the World, by Mario Vargas Llosa

4. Chile (Santiago)

  • Memoirs, by Pablo Neruda
  • The House of Spirits, by Isabel Allende

5. Colombia (Bogota)

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez*

6. Ecuador (Quito)

  • The Amnesia Clinic, by James Scudamore
  • Huasipungo (aka: The Villagers), by Jorge Icaza

7. Guyana (Georgetown)

  • Buxton Spice by Oonya Kempadoo

8. Paraguay (Asuncion)

  • At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig, by John Gimlette

9. Peru (Lima)

  • Conversation in the Cathedral, by Mario Vargas Llosa*
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder (finished 23 December 2007; rated 3/5; read my review)

10. Suriname (Paramaribo)

  • Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice, by Mark Plotkin

11. Uruguay (Montevideo)

  • Let the Wind Speak, by Juan Carlos Onetti

12. Venezuela (Caracas)

  • The Lady, The Chef, and The Courtesan, by Marisol

7 Comments

  1. September 4, 2009    

    Hi Wendy

    Love your site. Just wanted to recommend “Long Ago and Far Away” by
    William H. Hudson. Not many books are written in exquisite English by a native of the country. Hudson is loved by Argentines, and there is a museum dedicated to his memory. As far as I know, he did not write in Spanish.

    Extraordinary

    Warmest greetings

    Gene

  2. September 9, 2009    

    Thank you, Gene! I’ll have to check out your recommendation 🙂

  3. Chelsea Chelsea
    July 31, 2011    

    For Guyana you might try All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes by
    Maya Angelou.

  4. July 31, 2011    

    Thanks, Chelsea…I’m adding that to the list!

  5. Chelsea Chelsea
    August 1, 2011    

    Ooops! I’ve made a huge mistake. All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes is set in Ghana, not Guyana. I will try to be more careful in the future.

    Please accept my apology.
    Chelsea

  6. Chelsea Chelsea
    August 1, 2011    

    For Guyana I should have suggested Buxton Spice by Oonya Kempadoo.

  7. August 2, 2011    

    No problem, Chelsea – all fixed 🙂

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