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message 1: by Cynthia (last edited Feb 19, 2010 07:02AM) (new)

Cynthia (pandoraphoebesmom) | 1378 comments 15.1 - Independently Speaking
The following countries celebrate their independence in the spring...Bosnia and Herzegovina (March 1), Ghana (March 6), Mauritius (March 12), Tunisia (March 20), Namibia (March 21), Greece (March 25), Bangladesh (March 26), Zimbabwe (April 18), Ireland (Easter Monday), Sierra Leone (April 27), Togo (April 27), Netherlands (May 5), Romania (May 9), Israel (May 14), Paraguay (May 15), Norway (May 17), Cuba (May 20), East Timor (May 20), Montenegro (May 21), Eritrea (May 24), Jordan (May 25), Guyana (May 26), Georgia (May 26 and April 9) and South Africa (May 31). In honor of their independence days...
A.Read a fictional book set in one of those countries or a non-fiction book about one of those countries.
AND
B.Read a book written by an author from one of those countries.

Different countries must be used for each part of the task.

If you need suggestions OR have suggestions for books to read for this task post them here.


Sarah (Mood Reader) (bookworm1887) | 467 comments help on the second part please


message 3: by Katy (last edited Feb 18, 2010 08:19AM) (new)

Katy | 621 comments Author from Sierra Leone...
Ishmael Beah - A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Author from Zimbabwe...
Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Author from Bangladesh...
Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty - by Muhammad Yunus. This I can definitely recommend. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 and I really enjoyed reading his memoirs about setting up micro-lending. The writing style is nothing too special but I was really inspired by the story.

From Cuba...
Dancing to "Almendra": A Novel by Mayra Montero would work for both parts if you're using Cuba (it's set in Cuba and she is Cuban). I'm planning on using this for one of the parts - I got the book for Christmas and haven't read it yet. It looks good.

From Sierra Leone...

Aminatta Forna - she's written a number of books. I haven't read them, so I can't promise anything, but she's on my list :) She was not born in Sierra Leone but grew up there so I'm not sure if she counts for part B. However, at least one of her books is set in Sierra Leone so would work for part A.


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Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 1028 comments There are also many author's from Ireland...


Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 335 comments Ooh for part one I found 2 good ones for Bosnia:

The Cellist of Sarajevo
Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo


Would People of the Book work for Bosnia of part A? It seems as part of it takes place in Bosnia.


message 6: by Sara ♥ (new)

Sara ♥ (saranicole) | 1136 comments From Ireland: Eoin Colfer, Cecelia Ahern, Marian Keyes

A ha! Zlata's Diary... I've got that one on my TBR and everything! And it would work for either part...


message 7: by Nicki (new)

Nicki H (nickihermann) THis would work for both parts right?

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier


message 8: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments I was initially nervous and overwhelemed by this task until I read it closely and saw Ireland and Greece! This means I can read 2 more books that have been gathering dust at home:

A. Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter
B. This Charming Man

SUPER AWESOME!


message 9: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia (pandoraphoebesmom) | 1378 comments I've added Romania to the list as Andreea pointed it out to me that I had missed it. If there are other countries that celebrate independence in spring that I've missed let me know and I'll add them to the list.




message 10: by Liz M (new)

Liz M For part B, some of these might work (I haven't confirmed all of them):

Bosnia:
Selimovic, Mesa

Cuba:
Arenas, Reinaldo
Gutierrez, Pedro Juan
Infante, Guillermo Cabrera
Calvino, Italo
Carpentier, Alejo

Greece:
Douka, Maro
Doxiadis, Apostolos
Fakinou, Eugenia
Kazantzakis, Nikos
Markaris, Petros
Matesis, Pavlos
Taktsis, Costas
Vassilikos, Vassilis

Guyana:
Dabydeen, David

Ireland:
Banville, John
Beckett, Samuel
Behan, Brendan
Bowen, Elizabeth
Childers, Erskine
Dillon, Eilis
Farrell, J.G.
Joyce, James
LeFanu, Sheridan
Maturin, Chalres
McCabe, Patrick
McGahern, John
Murdoch, Iris
O'Brien, Edna
O'Brien, Flann
O'Hanlon, Ardal
Plunkett, James
Somerville and Ross
Stephens, James
Sterne, Laurence
Stoker, Bram
Swift, Jonathan
Toibin, Colm
Tressell, Robert
Trevor, William
Wilde, Oscar

Israel:
Agnon, Shmuel Yosef
Oz, Amos

Norway:
Hamsun, Knut
Sandel, Cora
Undset, Sigrid
Vesaas, Tarjei
Wassmo, Herbjorg

Romania:
Rebreanu, Liviu
Cioran, Emile (Emil)




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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 662 comments Nicki wrote: "THis would work for both parts right?

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier"


Yep! :o)




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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 662 comments For Part A:

Sierra Leone: The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene
Blood Diamonds - Greg Campbell
The Secret Keeper - Paul Harris

Cuba:
Our Man in Havana: An Entertainment - Graham Greene
To Have and Have Not - Hemingway
Dreaming in Cuban - Cristina Garcia
In the Name of Salome - Julia Alvarez
Three Trapped Tigers

Romania: Dracula - Bram Stoker
Children of the Night - Dan Simmons
The Land of Green Plums - Herta Muller




message 13: by Kate (new)

Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 1028 comments Hey Cynthia, South Africa got it independence on May 31. Here is what the CIA factbook says:
31 May 1910 (Union of South Africa formed from four British colonies: Cape Colony, Natal, Transvaal, and Orange Free State); 31 May 1961 (republic declared) 27 April 1994 (majority rule)


message 14: by Ruby (new)

Ruby (rubina310) J.M Coetzee is from south africa...hhhmmmm


message 15: by Kim D (new)

Kim D (kdimattia) | 199 comments Nicole wrote: "I was initially nervous and overwhelemed by this task until I read it closely and saw Ireland and Greece! This means I can read 2 more books that have been gathering dust at home:

A. [book:Saili..."


Nicole thanks for mentioning This Charming Man that's on my TBR shelf too!



message 16: by Tanya (new)

Tanya D (mtlbookworm) | 161 comments Other Irish Authors:

Maeve Binchy
Cecelia Ahern
Marian Keyes


message 17: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia (pandoraphoebesmom) | 1378 comments Kathryn wrote: "Hey Cynthia, South Africa got it independence on May 31. Here is what the CIA factbook says:
31 May 1910 (Union of South Africa formed from four British colonies: Cape Colony, Natal, Transvaal, and..."


Thanks I'll add it.


message 18: by Lisa Julianna (new)

Lisa Julianna (lisajulianna) Cynthia for the first part of the task will Nora Roberts book Jewels of the Sun work?


message 19: by Fiona (Titch) (last edited Feb 19, 2010 10:41AM) (new)


message 20: by Liz M (new)

Liz M Fiona (Titch) wrote: "Can we read The Reluctant Fundamentalist or A Thousand Splendid Suns for part B?"

Mohsin Hamid from Pakistan and Khaled Hosseini is from Afghanistan, so neither qualifies for part B.


message 21: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) Liz wrote: "Fiona (Titch) wrote: "Can we read The Reluctant Fundamentalist or A Thousand Splendid Suns for part B?"

Mohsin Hamid from Pakistan and Khaled Hosseini is from Afghanista..."


Thanks Liz, think I just read it wrong.


message 22: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) Think I will read The Picture of Dorian Gray as this is on my Nintendo DS's Classic Books.


Sarah (Mood Reader) (bookworm1887) | 467 comments Here is a good link for finding authors from countries: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/cou...


Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 335 comments So now with South Africa added I could read Cry, the Beloved Country?

Also, would People of the Book work for Bosnia of part A? It seems as part of it takes place in Bosnia.


message 25: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia (pandoraphoebesmom) | 1378 comments Jamie wrote: "So now with South Africa added I could read Cry, the Beloved Country?

Also, would People of the Book work for Bosnia of part A? It seems as part of it takes place in Bosnia. "

It takes place in multiple locations and I'd prefer one set in just the one (great book by the way - my favorite of her's by far - hope you can find somewhere else to put it).

Lisa Julianna wrote: "Cynthia for the first part of the task will Nora Roberts book Jewels of the Sun work?"
Yes for part A



Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 335 comments Cynthia wrote: "Jamie wrote: "So now with South Africa added I could read Cry, the Beloved Country?

Also, would People of the Book work for Bosnia of part A? It seems as part of it takes place in Bosn..."


K thanks! I wasn't sure if it was set in a few places or not. I'm sure I can fit it somewhere else!



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Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 1028 comments Jamie wrote: "Cynthia wrote: "Jamie wrote: "So now with South Africa added I could read Cry, the Beloved Country?

Also, would People of the Book work for Bosnia of part A? It seems as part of it tak..."


You can fit it in the Australia task. Geraldine Brooks (author) was born and raised in Australia.


Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 335 comments Kathryn wrote: "Jamie wrote: "Cynthia wrote: "Jamie wrote: "So now with South Africa added I could read Cry, the Beloved Country?

Also, would People of the Book work for Bosnia of part A? It seems as ..."


Ooh good to know! Hopefully when the other tasks come out I'll be able to rearrange a little bit so that I can read both I am the Messenger and People of the Book and stick one of them in the Australia task and one somewhere else.


message 29: by Kate (new)

Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 1028 comments Jamie wrote: "Kathryn wrote: "Jamie wrote: "Cynthia wrote: "Jamie wrote: "So now with South Africa added I could read Cry, the Beloved Country?

Also, would People of the Book work for Bosnia of part..."


I know. I have two books I want to read for the Australia task, so I hope that at least the other 25-pointers will come out soon so I can hopefully shove it there. I do still have 5-9 open, but I am saving that for a last minute "emergency".


message 30: by Liz M (new)

Liz M According to wikipedia, the asia-pacific region includes Australia so maybe one of the books could be used for 5.6?


message 31: by Kate (new)

Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 1028 comments Oh, I didn't know that! Good idea. Thanks so much, Liz!!!


message 32: by Petra (new)

Petra Cynthia, is The Book of Samson acceptable for Part A of this task? I believe Samson was born in Torah, a town in what is now Israel.


message 33: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia (pandoraphoebesmom) | 1378 comments Petra wrote: "Cynthia, is The Book of Samson acceptable for Part A of this task? I believe Samson was born in Torah, a town in what is now Israel. "
If the book is set primarily/entirely in that location yes - if not no.



message 34: by Petra (new)

Petra I'm not sure. I've read Samson's story (on Wikipedia) and it seems that he travelled but mainly (maybe entirely) in what is today Isreal. He was captured and enslaved in what is now Gaza for about 10 years. He was buried in what is now Isreal.
The story is a bit vague and not many locations are mentioned in regards to his travels. It seems that he may have stayed within these areas but maybe not.

I'll leave it up to you. If this doesn't fit the intentions of the Task, I'll find something else.


message 35: by Diane (new)

Diane | 742 comments Here is a list of books by country (only some are by authors from those countries). It is a work in progress and I will be adding more soon. http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2...


message 36: by Jenny (last edited Feb 21, 2010 04:56PM) (new)

Jenny (jennyauer) | 0 comments Haunted Ground: A Novel takes place in Ireland and Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Tóibín who is from Ireland.


message 37: by Kayleen (new)

Kayleen (jegka) | 39 comments Do Frank and Malachy McCourt work for Ireland for part B?


message 39: by Usako (last edited Feb 22, 2010 07:30AM) (new)


message 40: by Jenny (new)

Jenny (jennyauer) | 0 comments Cecelia Ahern is from Ireland as well.


message 41: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia (pandoraphoebesmom) | 1378 comments Kay wrote: "Do Frank and Malachy McCourt work for Ireland for part B?"
No because they were born in the US not Ireland.


message 42: by Potjy (new)

Potjy | 50 comments So books that take place in the countries but in historical times are okay, aren't they? Like I'm thinking about reading The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus for part A. The setting is the independence state of Ithaca, but it is part of Greece today.


message 43: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia (pandoraphoebesmom) | 1378 comments Potjy wrote: "So books that take place in the countries but in historical times are okay, aren't they? Like I'm thinking about reading The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus for part A. T..."

It should be the country at the time of the story so no.


message 44: by Potjy (new)

Potjy | 50 comments Okay. Thanks. I'll attack my pile of Coetzee then. :)


message 45: by Jay (last edited Mar 04, 2010 11:01PM) (new)

Jay (jaydek) | 60 comments Hi Cynthia!
When you say in part B that an author needs to be "from one of those countries," do you mean born there, holds citizenship, or currently resides? I'd like to do a Maeve Binchy book for Part A, and was hoping I could do Infidel for Part B. Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia, lived in Kenya, but obtained political asylum in the Netherlands in 1992 and was a member of the Dutch government at one time.


message 46: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments Jay, Infidel is good. And Cynthia if you haven't read the novel, the latter half of the book focuses on the Netherlands, how Ayaan Hirsi Ali adjusts to the new country and her election into the gov't post. It's a healthy chunk of the overall novel.


message 47: by Cait (new)

Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 662 comments I just found out that Sputnik Sweetheart by Murakami takes place in Greece!


message 48: by Cait (new)

Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 662 comments Random question, but can anyone tell me why Agatha Christie's books are tagged 'Netherlands' multiple times on Library Thing? I can't seem to figure out the connection.


message 49: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments Cait - The only reason I can come up with is that her book was published in the Netherlands (translated to country's languages)


message 50: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia (pandoraphoebesmom) | 1378 comments Jay wrote: "Hi Cynthia!
When you say in part B that an author needs to be "from one of those countries," do you mean born there, holds citizenship, or currently resides? I'd like to do a [author:Maeve Binch..."

For that part it should be where the author was born.


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