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#84858 - 11/13/07 09:58 AM Re: I'm travelling to ______. What should I read? [Re: Crescent Moon]
turtlegirl



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Bump. Books about Berlin, anyone?
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#84874 - 11/14/07 04:24 PM Re: I'm travelling to ______. What should I read? [Re: turtlegirl]
polly#2
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Certainly. Excuse me if any of this is stuff you know already but

- Nancy Mitford's biography of Frederick the Great, because you'll see his statute and the buildings he built everywhere;
- any of Christopher Isherwood's books set in Berlin; "I am a Camera" as the book on which Cabaret was based;
- there was an excellent book about living in West Berlin when the Wall was in place - "Zoo Station"? Not to be confused with a spy novel recently published of the same name;
- "Stasiland", Anna Funder, an account of what various individuals in East Germany think in retrospect about the DDR regime. Best journalistic writing I've ever read. She would take issue with the picture painted by the film "The Lives of Others" as sentimentalised, inaccurate.

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#85224 - 01/02/08 08:45 PM Re: I'm travelling to ______. What should I read? [Re: polly#2]
setara
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I am in the very early stages of planning a trip to Southern France. Any suggestions?
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#85273 - 01/06/08 01:45 PM Re: I'm travelling to ______. What should I read? [Re: setara]
cat
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Um, bring me along?

A large chunk of Michael Ondaatje's new Divisadero takes place in southern France, but it's the rural southwest, not the more-visited Provence. MFK Fisher has a book called Two Towns in Provence that you might enjoy; in general, I think writing that leans toward the culinary might be a good bet! And there is of course Peter Mayle for something very light.

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#85387 - 01/21/08 01:56 PM Re: I'm travelling to ______. What should I read? [Re: cat]
setara
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cat, thanks for the suggestions, and, hey, you are welcome to tag along. I missed it when you posted and only now saw your reply. I have not yet read Divisadero, and never realized where it took place. I also enjoy MFK Fisher. My TBR list just got bigger. Thanks again.
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#85437 - 01/31/08 10:34 AM Re: I'm travelling to ______. What should I read? [Re: setara]
turtlegirl



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Thanks polly#2. I loved Stasiland. Very chilling about East Berlin. I knew the subway stations and landmarks she was talking about.
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#86438 - 07/30/08 11:12 AM Re: I'm travelling to ______. What should I read? [Re: turtlegirl]
Promethea
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Edited by Promethea (07/30/08 11:16 AM)
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#86439 - 07/30/08 11:14 AM Re: I'm travelling to ______. What should I read? [Re: turtlegirl]
Promethea
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I'm going to Cornwall - apart from Daphne du Maurier and Susan Cooper, what would be a good enjoyable (not massively heavy) read? I've heard of the Poldark novels but am not a real historical fiction aficionado, what are they like?
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#86444 - 07/31/08 01:44 AM Re: I'm travelling to ______. What should I read? [Re: Promethea]
essay
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I haven't read the Poldark novels either, but they did quite a good series from them on PBS some years ago, so I suspect they are very intriguing.

Aren't some of John Fowles books, like The French Lieutenant's Woman, set in Cornwall?

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#86445 - 07/31/08 03:35 AM Re: I'm travelling to ______. What should I read? [Re: essay]
Promethea
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That's Dorset, although I suppose near enough.
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