Saturday, May 22, 2010
When I travel, I love to have the perfect book with me. Which means: a novel set in the right location. Just by coincidence, I read Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishuguro's novel about a butler driving to Cornwall) on the way to Cornwall. Heavenly combination, heavenly book. Last summer I had the hardest time finding a good Hawaii book, and settled on Molokai, a novel about a leper colony. I probably don't need to tell you what was wrong with that choice. In a few weeks I'm off to France and Italy. Could there be a good novel traversing both locations? If only one location, then preferably Italy (we'll be there longer). I'm not averse to reading something fairly cheesy, but don't say Angels and Demons (saw it) or The DaVinci Code (read it). Classics are fine. but let's not be ridiculous. I'm not going to read Dante (never have--can it really be done?). I've read a lot of classic French novels (would it be crazy to reread The Count of Monte Cristo? I loved it as a teenager...) Ccontemporary would be good, but please, nothing gruesome (not another Molokai). Literary novels preferred, but nothing too boring and experimental. It's a vacation, for heaven's sake. Sorry, that's a lot of constraints (which is just my problem). Anybody have any suggestions?