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Subject: Around the world in 80 days South America suggestions
Date Posted: 12/27/2010 10:27 AM ET
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I'm open to suggestions if anyone's willing to help.

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 11:11 AM ET
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I too had asked about this and got some suggestions.  If I remember what thread that was in, I'll let you know.  Otherwise, I decided on Ines of My Soul.

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 3:51 PM ET
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I'd chosen "Our Lives are the Rivers" by Jaime Manrique, but now I think I might have another book that is set in South America; "The Seamstress" by Frances de Pontes Peebles. I remember someone here saying Seamstress was good and I know Alice recommended Rivers so now I can't make up my mind. Actually, I need to check and make sure Seamstress really is set in S. Am.

There's also "Brazil" by Erol Lincoln Uys. This is one of those fat, generational sagas like Rutherfurd or Michener writes and is originally what I'd chosen, but my request was canceled and there isn't another copy, so I just chose another book. I'd still like to try this one eventually though.

I think a couple of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's books would probably work.

I enjoyed this book about Evita - http://www.paperbackswap.com/Santa-Evita-Tomas-Eloy-Martinez/book/0679447040/

The News from Paraguay - http://www.paperbackswap.com/News-Paraguay-Lily-Tuck/book/0060934867/

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 3:54 PM ET
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Thanks ladies.

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 4:40 PM ET
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There actually is a copy of "Brazil" available...if anyone still needs a S. Am. book.

If anyone reads it, please let me know how you like it. Warning: It's over a thousand pages long!!! :-O

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 4:52 PM ET
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Warning: It's over a thousand pages long!!! :-O 

Yeah, and we're under time pressure here, people!  Unless you have a lot of time to read or are a speed reader, you may want to keep your picks for this challenge relatively short.  (Hence, Rasputin's Daughter for me for Asia - as soon as I determine if it indeed takes place in the Asian part of Russia and not the European part!)

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Date Posted: 12/27/2010 6:30 PM ET
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Our Lives our the River was quite good. I read it last year for the Challenge. This year I will be reading Incas ( I don't have the author handy). Another one I have in South America is A Sambo for Sherlock. It is a historical mystery. Can't wait to start.

Alice

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 7:24 PM ET
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Misfit, U r doing a challenge! OMG! How did I miss this?

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 7:44 PM ET
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Genie, yes but you notice I've not set any goals for myself. What I accomplish I do. That is all.

Date Posted: 12/27/2010 8:00 PM ET
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Just as a heads up, "The News from Paraguay" was one of the worst books I've ever read. Hands down.

I liked "Ines of my Soul" though.

Date Posted: 12/28/2010 12:22 AM ET
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Has anyone read The Incas by Daniel J Peters?  It soundsomewhat like the Aztecs, but after reading reviews, maybe not as good.  I ordered and it timed out after it was accepted.  Now I don't know if I want to reorder.  It might still arrive if they mailed but didn't mark in the holiday rush, and if they didn't, then I might want to go with a different book anyway.

Date Posted: 12/28/2010 12:45 PM ET
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Isabelle Allende has a new book out about Haiti, I think that I'll look into it. I heard the beginning of an interview with her on my way to work this morning. 



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Date Posted: 12/28/2010 12:51 PM ET
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Misfit, U r doing a challenge! OMG!

My thoughts exactly. Go offline for a few days and look what happens??!! A shift in the universe (or maybe too many daiquiris).smiley

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/28/2010 12:53 PM ET
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Sharla Incas is the book I have for this challenge. I haven't read it yet so I hope it is good.

So now for my dumb question fo the day I would to read Honolulu :: Alan Brennert for this challenge. Should I put it under North America because it is a US or under Oceania because of its location?
 

Alice



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Date Posted: 12/28/2010 12:59 PM ET
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I find this a tough category.  I really had to dig around my bookshelf to find something.

 

And because it's already on my shelf I'm going with City of Silver - Annamaria Alfieri

If you are in a modern classic mood The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder is short and beautifully written.

 

 



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Date Posted: 12/28/2010 1:24 PM ET
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Alice, on the map website that is listed as our official reference in the rules for this challenge, it says:

Hawaii is approximately 2,550 miles southwest of Los Angeles, in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean. Politically it is part of North America, but geographically it is not part of any continent.

So I would say count it for North America.
 



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Date Posted: 12/28/2010 2:48 PM ET
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I toyed with reading Hawaii by Michener for this challenge, but it's way too long! 

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/28/2010 4:49 PM ET
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okay thanks Christa.

Alice