26 November, 2008

Reading list

One issue I'm still sorting out for my Argentina journey is my reading list. Do I carry everything to Buenos Aires with me and deal with the weight? Or ferry a few down initially and have friends send my collection after I'm settled? I've heard some horror stories about the Argie postal service.

But here's my initial list. Anybody with further suggestions?

Into Thin Air - John Krakauer
L'élégance du Hérisson - Muriel Barbery
The Wings of the Dove - Henry James
Persian Fire - Tom Holland
Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain
i, Lucifer - Glen Duncan
The Postman - Antonio Skámeta
On the Road - John Kerouac
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon - Jorge Amado
1491 - Charles G. Mann
The Lemon Tree - Sandy Toland
Writing New York - Phillip Lopate
The Peloponnesian War - Donald Kagan
Travels with Herodotus - Ryszard Kapuscinski
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon - Pablo Neruda
The Power and the Glory - Graham Green

6 comments:

SCL said...

The "Shock of the New" by Robert Hughes and "A Month In the Country" by J.L.Carr ... and of course "Revenge of the Argentininan Zombie Postal Workers" possibly by Stephen King.

Quickroute said...

Lonely Planet - south america on a shoestring - you gotsta travel when you come out here too!

Baino said...

And I thought Thucydides wrote The Peloponnesian Wars! Don't forget your Spanish Phrase Book and Tango for Beginners! Chicks love it!

TCL said...

SCL - Thanks for the list of suggestions.

Quick - Absolutely. I've got Arg, Brazil, and Chile. Might as well throw in the continent.

Baino - This version is written by Donald Kagen, a neoconservative historian at Yale University. I picked it up because I'm interested in neocon's views about the nature of warfare and the ability of democracies and dictatorships to conduct war. I've been told Kagen's argument is what the Bushies based their Iraq war outlook on. Tango for sure!

Megan said...

I don't have any suggestions for the shipping and handling, but I do like your list! I haven't read them all, but Into Thin Air is really, really good...

cleo said...

have u read blink?