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Where do you live? Do you think the graph is accurate?
August 17, 2017
a book every country, African books, alamut, Asian books, Australian books, Blindness, Broken April, comment your country, crystal boys, Europe books, i saved the king of england, Infographic, othello, täällä pohjantähden alla, The Blue Sky, the circle, the matriach, THE MOST ICONIC BOOK SET IN EVERY COUNTRY AROUND THE WORLD #INFOGRAPHIC, the mountain wreath, the singapore crip, The Vegetarian, War and peace, where we once belonged
May 16, 2020 at 3:14 pm
Oh my God! I needed this :D It’s my bookish goal to read a book from each country and now it’ll be easier to search the books. Have you read all these?
May 16, 2020 at 6:07 pm
I know right, I loved this graph! :) Definitely a goal of mine too. No, I wish I had!
August 17, 2017 at 7:38 am
August 17, 2017 at 5:11 pm
I don’t agree with the choice for my country. There are more iconic books from the UK than Jane Austen!
May 16, 2020 at 6:18 pm
I never liked Jane Austen. They could have picked Agatha Christie instead…
I also don’t like the book they picked for my country, Finland.
August 17, 2017 at 5:28 pm
August 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm
I live in Brazil. I had to check what book was this (not because it is unknown, but I didn´t have a clue with the translated title!).
This book is one of the most important books written in XXth century Brazil. Graciliano Ramos is probably the most important Brazilian writer of the century, but it´s something of a “cult” writer. I understand why it was chosen, but I don´t agree with this choice.
My vote would be “Don Casmurro”, by Machado de Assis, who is usually acclaimed as the most important brazilian writer of all time. This novel is set in Rio de Janeiro of the XIXth century and has a more universal appeal.
May 16, 2020 at 5:24 pm
It seems many don’t agree with the book choice of their country. Like I don’t agree with the one they picked for Finland either o.O I see, Don Casmurro sounds interesting. I should read more books from other countries :)
Don Casmurro it´s a must! I will research a good english translation for you.
Here it is a good review about it on the NYT. And a link to a apparently good translation:
May 16, 2020 at 8:01 pm
Thank you for linking the review here! :) Now I really want to read Casmurro…I think only Brazilian author I have read is Paul Coelho.
Sorry, I misnamed the author of the “The Devil to Pay in the Backlands”. It is Guimarães Rosa and not Graciliano Ramos. But it´s the same opinion, anyway.
August 18, 2017 at 12:10 am
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August 18, 2017 at 12:12 am
This is very cool. I see that the US selection (where I live) is Tom Sawyer. That seems reasonable to me although I’m sure others might pick something else. Interesting that Thailand’s is The Bridge on the River Kwai. I’ve never read the book but loved the movie, although I always thought it was set in Burma not Thailand. Maybe I’m wrong about that…
Thanks for sharing this!
Tom Sawyer seems like a good choice for me :) I haven’t read The Bridge on the River Kwai, however I believe it’s possible that there are errors with this graph.
I understand Tom Sawyer as the USA´s choice. It´s about the inner United States, the pioneer thing, etc. It´s iconical. It was the same with Brazil´s choice.
The problem for us, citizens of big XXIth centuries cosmopolitan cities is that we don´t relate much with these surroundings.
August 18, 2017 at 5:55 am
August 20, 2017 at 10:37 am
August 21, 2017 at 3:38 pm
That’s so interesting! Thanks for sharing! I am not surprised to see the Diary of Anne Franks as the most iconic book set in the Netherlands. I haven’t read the book, but have heard all about her and the war during history lessons. I don’t think I have read any book on this list actually, but it is fun to see which book they listed for which country.
I always tend to forget it was set in the Netherlands. Even if I’ve read it, I connect it with Germany/Austria somehow. Definitely, makes you want to read more books around the world! :)
August 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm
August 20, 2017 at 10:38 am
There are a lot of them I don’t know. I suppose one can only judge a books worth as an ‘icon’ if one has read it.
That’s a good point… so a lot of catching up to do haha
August 21, 2017 at 7:03 pm
August 22, 2017 at 4:56 pm
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