Balkan Ghosts: a Journey Through History by Robert D. Kaplan
I read Balkan Ghosts by by Robert Kaplan in October 2016
Balkan Ghosts is part travel book and part history book. The author, through his travels, is able to tell the history of the Balkan area, mixing his own experiences in with the story of this fascinating region. Completed in 1990 and published three years later, it is a book about the Balkans before the horrible wars of the ninetees, when Nationalism and corrupt politicians set old Yugoslavia on fire. The book did not sell well at first, but saw an increase in popularity when Presiden Clinton was seen with the book. In fact, the book is said to have made up Clinton’s mind not to deploy troops to aid the Bosnian Moslems, a choice the author actually disagrees with.
Tales of Iceland or Running with the Huldufólk in the Permanent Daylight by Stephen Markley
I read Tales of Iceland by Stephen Markley in May 2016
Ever since he, as a university student, heard Quentin Tarantino speak of Iceland, a country where supermodels worked at McDonald’s, Stephen Markley had wanted to go to Iceland. But as things always got in the way, it took a while to realise his dream.
I read The Log From the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck in April 2016
The Log from the Sea of Cortez tells of John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts’ trip to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, a scientific trip with the goal of collecting samples of specimen of marine creatures in the area. Onboard the Western Flyer, a sardine boat rented for the occation, they embark on a journey over 6000 kilometers long.
I read The Roads to Sata by Alan Booth in June 2015 and February 2016
In The Roads to Sata, the author Alan Booth tells the story of his walk across the length of Japan, from Cape Soya on the northern tip of Hokkaido to Cape Sata on the southern tip of Kyushu. Continue reading →
Through Another Europe: An Anthology on Travel Writing on the Balkans. Edited by Andrew Hammond.
I read Through Another Europe in June 2015
Through Another Europe is a book about the Balkans. The Balkans is an area where I haven’t travelled a lot, but which I would love to visit. I have only been in the Balkans twice. Five years ago, in August 2010, I visited Dubrovnik, earlier this year I visited Sarajevo. I loved both places and soon I have to return to the Balkans for a longer visit.
I read Video Night in Kathmandu by Pico Iyer in May 2015
Asia, the far east. The Orient. A culture so different from the Western world. Different food, different customs, different ways of looking at life. Or is it?
Video Night in Kathmandu looks at how America and the Western world slowly is seeping into Asia. Taking over their culture, fast-food chains outcompeting the local restaurants, American movies being remade in Bollywood.