T5W: 5 Novels Set Outside the Western World

  1.  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – This epic novel spans three decades beginning in 1922 in Moscow, Russia.  Count Rostov is under house arrest in the Metropol Hotel.  He has a great many friends and acquaintances through whom the reader learns of what is happening outside the hotel walls.  My Review.
  2. The Temporary Bride by Jennifer Clinic – This is a travel/food/love memoir written by a woman who quit her corporate job to pursue her passion for cooking authentic dishes indigenous to various different regions.  She travels to Iran in hopes of working in various kitchens and learning the secrets to their special dishes.  My Review.
  3. Things We Lost in the Fire:  Stories by Mariana Enriquez – This is a collection of stories that take place in various different places within Argentina.  These horror stories highlight the brutalities from the Dirty War that lurk just beneath the surface of everyday life.  My Review.

4.  The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan – This novel is written from alternating perspectives.  Set in India, it shows the mindset and emotional condition of both the bombers (the terrorists) and the bombed (both surviving victims and the families of the deceased).  It shows the futility of these small bombs in effecting change.  It also shows the futility of the families in effecting any action against the bombers.  My Review.

5.  Born a Crime:  Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah  – This is Trevor Noah’s memoir written as a collection of essays about his experiences growing up in South Africa, son of a black woman and white man under Apartheid – a literal crime.   Full of humor, love and grit, it is an amazing book.  My Review.

 

This is my second T5W post.  If you are interested in learning more about this Goodreads group, click here.  This week’s topic was Books that are set outside of the Western World.  In choosing which books to post, I chose geographically diverse regions and limited myself to books I’ve read within the past year.  How does one define the Western World, you might ask.  The scope of the Western World varies greatly depending on what criteria one uses to define it.  It has been defined on the basis of politics, economics, culture, spiritual beliefs and history.  I decided to go with the following modern-day definition (by way of map).

6 thoughts on “T5W: 5 Novels Set Outside the Western World”

    1. I liked the topic too, but can’t take credit for that ;). The Association of Small Bombs an interesting intense book – not sure I would have picked it up if it hadn’t been a book club pick.

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