So I'm obviously late on this as last week's Literary Blog Hop, hosted by The Blue Bookcase, ended two days ago but I've been busy with friends and work and football and the only reason I'm even able to write this now is because one of the children I babysit went down for a nap and the other is still at preschool, meaning a whole hour of nothing to do but read and write and isn't that amazing? So clearly you have forgiven me for my tardiness and we can get on to this last week's question:
What setting (time or place) from a book or story would you most like to visit? Eudora Welty said that, "Being shown how to locate, to place, any account is what does most toward making us believe it...," so in what location would you most like to hang out?
|I even have the clothes for it!|
Except my robes are for Hufflepuff,
so make the appropriate adjustments
to my characters references because
I'm sleepy and therefore
do not want to.
The real place that I would love to visit is India. I've got some weird, inexplicable fascination with India which you can see in the fact that it is the setting of most of the non-English language settings of the books I read, like Midnight's Children and Sea of Poppies. I don't know if it's the food or the yoga or the landscape or the brightly colored clothing but, more than any other country, reading about India makes me want to go. Likewise, reading about people (mostly the British) being mean to India makes me really freaking angry (like in The Moonstone by WIlkie Collins - they spend so much time debating the ownership of the freaking diamond and not one person gives a hoot that it belongs to Indians!). Not surprisingly, visiting India is high on my list of life goals. Other books that I love that are set at least partially in India include The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, and Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. I'd love any reccomendations of other excellent novels taking place in India - the more, the better!