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Austen to Zafón

Reading widely since 1972.

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A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler
Unsuitable for Ladies: An Anthology of Women Travellers - Jane Robinson, Various Authors Well, I read most of it. While it was a fascinating look at how women travellers experienced the world and were treated in the past, I wasn't interested in every destination. Mostly, I liked reading what it was like to travel in the 18th and 19th centuries, when every destination was so very different from the next and from home. Letters were infrequent and so they were long and contained much detail. What surprised me most was the lack of prejudice or suspicion in most (although not all) of the women. We tend to think of tolerance of different cultures as essentially modern, but these women had a lot to say about a Euro-centric view of the world.