Around the World through Fiction

Books that are fictional, but comprise a story that teaches the readers some things about another culture, either present-day or historical.

However, a story set in a particular country doesn't automatically count; only books that give the reader a sense of having learned something about another land, even if that wasn't the author's primary intention. (i.e. the Stieg Larsson books would not be included, though they're set in Sweden)
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message 1: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited May 22, 2011 05:35PM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) See also the list Around the World in 100 Books


message 2: by Diane (new)

Diane If you love world literature, please check out my Goodreads group:

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/5...

You'll love it


message 3: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Feb 10, 2012 09:30PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor is non-fiction. As is The Shawnees and the War for America.

Do you want me to remove them, Gina?


message 4: by Gina Grone (new)

Gina Grone Susanna wrote: "Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor is non-fiction. As is The Shawnees and the War for America.

Do you want me to remove them, Gina?"


If you're able to, then yes please! Thanks!

This is turning out to be a great list. I only wish there was a way to see why people added each book, like the specific reason that it's appropriate for the list...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Alright, I've removed both Augustus and The Shawnees and the War for America.


message 6: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy Devil in the White City shouldn't be on list. it is non-fiction


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Dorothy wrote: "Devil in the White City shouldn't be on list. it is non-fiction"

Removed. Ditto Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (memoir).


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Removed Isn't It Pretty To Think So?. Spam. Author is from SoCal and writes about SoCal.


message 9: by Gina Grone (new)

Gina Grone Themis-Athena wrote: "Removed Isn't It Pretty To Think So?. Spam. Author is from SoCal and writes about SoCal."

Thanks for the upkeep! :)


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) You're welcome. :)


message 11: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis I have removed Good Morning, Mr. Mandela, which is a memoir. I was the flake who added it in the first place and was the only one who had voted for it, so its removal should not cause a ripple. Mea culpa.

I strongly question the addition of what appears to be about six books in the same YA series at the end of the list. I know, the ends of lists sometimes get a little bit questionable, but I thought I would mention it since this list is young. I have not read anything by Ally Carter and for all I know, perhaps each and every one of those books is set beautifully in a different, well-defined international location...but I sort of doubt it. Just sayin'.


message 12: by Gina Grone (new)

Gina Grone Donna, I agree about the Ally Carter books. For some reason, I cannot delete books even though I created the list, but please go ahead and do so if you'd like. Thanks!


message 13: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette Wondering why futuristic dystopias and fantasy - like the Lunar Chronicles, Divergent and Percy and the Lightning Thief are included in this list about countries.


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