SOUTH AMERICA – Reading The World



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
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  1. 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.


    Warmest greetings


    • Wendy on September 9, 2009 at 10:31

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

    • Chelsea on July 31, 2011 at 17:12

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

    • Wendy on July 31, 2011 at 17:28

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

    • Chelsea on August 1, 2011 at 05:43

    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 on August 1, 2011 at 05:46

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

    • Wendy on August 2, 2011 at 06:19

    No problem, Chelsea – all fixed 🙂

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