I’m posting a last minute top ten tuesday this week, which is in honour of places I would like to visit because of books that I have read. Some books can be incredibly evocative of place, can make me pine for times and places I’ve never seen before, and make me think of cities I’d love to see again. That said, I struggled to come up with ten books/places probably because I read too much dystopian fiction.
The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
Place to Visit: – Sweden
I’ve been lucky in that I’m fairly well travelled, particularly around Europe, but I’ve never ventured north towards Scandinavia. Larsson’s novels seep Scandinavian cool like a mist that floats off the pages.
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.
Place to Visit: – Paris and Spain in the 1920’s
In reality, Hemingway’s 1920’s is a place full of homophobia, anti-semitism, post traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism BUT in fantasyland the 1920’s were a time when everyone was a writer, they drank and played away the days but no one seems particularly concerned about liver disease or cholesterol. Oh and everyone looked amazing and probably used words like ‘spiffing’.
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Place to Visit: – Monte Carlo
As far as I remember the book is set in northern france not Monte Carlo itself, but this is where I think of when I think about this book. I’ve been to Monte Carlo before, but I was there with my Mam and we were broke so just went into the lobby of the Casino and then left to buy gelato look at the beautiful coastline. In my thoughts though I go to with money and play texas hold-em into the wee hours looking like Eva Green.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Place to Visit – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Well who wouldn’t be curious?
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
Place to Visit – Edinburgh.
Even though I only live a hop skip and a jump away from Scotland, I have never been and, as a woman in my prime, It’s a place I should definitely visit. They host some amazing festivals too I hear.
The Ghost by Robert Harris
Place to Visit – Martha’s Vineyard
Often written into novels and films as the place where the wealthy go to breathe (and perhaps write their memoirs), it seems like the ultimate writers retreat.
So those are my choices, what about you? Leave your links and thoughts in the comments below.