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Sanz | 79 comments Africa


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Sanz | 79 comments Caribbean


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Sanz | 79 comments Latin America


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Sanz | 79 comments Middle East

Iran: Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji

Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji


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Sanz | 79 comments North America


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Sanz | 79 comments Australia, Oceania, Antarctica


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Sanz | 79 comments ASIA: Japan
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden ★★★★★
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden


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Sanz | 79 comments ASIA: India
Life of Pi by Yann Martel ★★★★
Life of Pi by Yann Martel


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Sanz | 79 comments EUROPE: France
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery ★★★★
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery


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Sanz | 79 comments EUROPE: Channel Islands
The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy ★★★ (7 Mar. 12)

The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy


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Diane | 8475 comments Sanskriti wrote: "EUROPE: England
The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy ★★★ (7 Mar. 12)

The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy"


Sanz, you could count this book as Guernsey or the Channel Islands and free up England for another book, if you wanted to.


message 14: by Sanz (last edited Mar 09, 2012 06:42AM) (new)

Sanz | 79 comments Diane wrote: "Sanskriti wrote: "EUROPE: England
The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy ★★★ (7 Mar. 12)

The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy"

Sanz, you could count this ..."


Changed to Channel Islands


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Sanz | 79 comments ASIA: China

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min ★★★★★ + ♥ (18 Mar. 12)

Empress Orchid (Empress Orchid, #1) by Anchee Min


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Sanz | 79 comments MIDDLE EAST: IRAN

Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji ★★★★★ + ♥ (27-Mar-12)

Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji


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Sanz | 79 comments Europe: Russia

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ★★★ (01 Jul '12)


Crime and Punishment  by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


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Sanz | 79 comments Europe: England
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
2 Stars/ 26 Aug '12

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

I'm not a fan of stories that flit from one character's mind to another's. It is easy to lose oneself in a train of thought and lose connection with the bigger story. Perhaps Mrs. Dalloway was never intended to have a bigger story. It was more to do with the moment each of the characters found themselves in. Dialogues aren't common and the characters lack a sense of depth. The only person I warmed up to in the entire story was Septimus Smith, a World War I veteran, spiralling into insanity and then throwing himself out of a window when being forced into a mental institution.

But I have to give credit to the writer if not the book itself. Virginia Woolf is writing in a time when the War has ended, people are looking for change and lifestyles are becoming complex. This is 1920s England, a society trying to break through its past into a new and a promising future. There were parts in the book that I liked but those moments were few.

A difficult read for me since I couldn't hold onto any part long enough to be curious to know which way the tale went.


message 19: by Sanz (last edited Sep 02, 2012 12:33PM) (new)

Sanz | 79 comments REGIONS: 3|COUNTRIES: 9|BOOKS:9

Europe: Germany
Fatherland by Robert Harris
3 Stars|02 Sep '12

Fatherland by Robert Harris

With a take on alternate history, Fatherland is set in post World War II Germany in which Hitler has emerged victorious. Against this backdrop is the coming together of Germany and America for diplomatic talks, when a cop, Xavier March, discovers a corpse by the riverside. This discovery would have been a routine investigation, except that the Gestapo take over the case. March’s curiosity and sense of duty leads him from one dead man to another, all of them being men of power. What March gets himself involved in is a bitter episode in history that the Gestapo want to bury and the civilians want to forget.

An interesting take on events on what the Germany with Adolf Hitler would look like. Of particular mention is where the protagonist observes how the new-age Germany compares each of its building, every structure of its, to another building in Europe. Playing with the genre of thriller, the book seeks to address some of the questions that have horrified people on the issue of German concentration camps and the extermination of Jews. While it took me a while to get into the second half was full of kicks and action.

An absorbing read on the whole.


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Sanz | 79 comments REGIONS: 3|COUNTRIES: 9|BOOKS:10

ASIA: CHINA
The Chinese Gold Murders (3 Stars, 05 Sep '12)

The Chinese Gold Murders by Robert van Gulik

Set in Ancient China, this is a detective mystery featuring Judge Dee, a semi-fictional character. When Judge Dee takes on his new role as a magistrate, he finds himself instantly in the midst of the murder investigation of his predecessor. Left with a bizarre set of clue that include ghostly apparitions and man-eating tigers, Judge Dee has two ex-ruffians as his comrades. As one clue leads to another, Judge Dee discovers more deaths in his district and an attempt is made on his life, which ends unsuccesfully. With the aid of his comrades, he is able to finally able to resolve the murder mystery.

A light, fluffy detective read. Judge Dee in his role as a magistrate is also made to act the part of a detective. Interesting to note how the judicial system in ancient China worked. The book is not exactly an action-packed thriller, but a nice read for a glimpse into 600s China.


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Sanz | 79 comments REGIONS: 3|COUNTRIES: 10|BOOKS: 11

Europe: Bulgaria
Solo (4 Stars, 16 Sep '12)

Solo by Rana Dasgupta

Solo is the story of a 100 year blind man, Ulrich who has seen the world move through wars and innovations having lived through the 20th century into the new millenium. As a child, Ulrich falls in love with music and with a violin as his companion, seeks his Father's approval. When that fails to come, he stifles his passion and begins to find another interest, one that would flare into outright obsession: chemistry. It is this passion of his that takes him to Berlin, brings him in contact with the wonders of lab chemicals. But chemistry is also what costs the most of his life; his wife, his kid and even his own body.

As the book moves into the second half, the lines blur and we enter into the imaginary world of Ulrich, one that he has created to fuel his reality. In this illusionary universe, reside Ulrich's imaginary children, each having grown from Ulrich's own passions.

What an engrossing read! The book is full of moments; moments that delight, that amaze, that make you laugh out loud and make you cringe, all at the same time. It takes you all of the first half of the book to travel a hundred years though the eyes of a blind man, and as the story develops you get hungry for more. It is exactly this moment that Rana Dasgupta chooses to throw his readers into the dream world of his blind protagonist, a world which serves to fill in all the holes of the protagonist's life. It complements and contrasts the real life lived by Ulrich.

Wonderfully built, unique premise and a well thought out story... Deserves a read!


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Sanz | 79 comments Regions: 3
Countries: 11
Books: 12


United Kingdom: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (5 Stars, 24 Sep '12)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling


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