Literary Blog Hop: February 2-5
February 4, 2011 19 Comments
The Literary Blog Hop is organised by The Blue Book Case. It’s a biweekly event for blogs that discuss primarily literary fiction and classics. Hop over the The Blue Book Case if you want to join in!
This week’s discussion question is:
“What setting (time or place) from a book or story would you most like to visit? Eudora Welty said that, “Being shown how to locate, to place, any account is what does most toward making us believe it…,” so in what location would you most like to hang out?”
My answer: I would love to visit Alaska! I’ve read a few books in the last year or so that took place there and I think the nature must be so beautiful, rough, and scary, too. It can be a lonely place but where there are towns, I imagine the people to huddle together to face the bitter cold in winter.
Most recently I read Sukkwan Island by David Vann, in which a father and son try to survive for a whole year on an remote Alaskan island. I read Raven Stole the Moon by Garth Stein last year. Here, a woman goes back to Alaska where her family comes from, which (literally) is a magical place. And before my blogging life, I read Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer in which a man tries to survive on his own in the Alaskan wilderness.
Now I want to sample it for myself!
Literary fiction I read since my last literary blog hop:
East is East by T. C. Boyle – Very well-written book about a Japanese sailor (with an unknown American father) who illegally enters the US at Georgia, near an artists’ colony. One of the writers sees a good story in him and hides him in her cabin.
Sukwann Island by David Vann – Another very well-written book. A divorced man takes his 12 year old son to the Alaskan wilderness, to spend a year there living off the land. That is a lot harder than they thought. Recommended.
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