Friday, August 25, 2006

Reading Geography

Booking Through Thursday

  1. Have you ever wanted to travel to a place described in a book?

  2. Have you ever ACTUALLY travelled to a place because of the way it was described in a book?

  3. And if so, did it live up to the expectations, feelings, emotions you expected from the book? Did you feel like Anne was going to come romping around the corner of Green Gables? Was it as if Jo was upstairs at Orchard House, scribbling on a story? Or was it just a museum, or just a city street? Like Abbey Road without the Beatles?

  4. Definitely! I love it when books inspire me to visit someplace!

    Reading Sarum made me want to visit Salisbury and Stonehenge which was fun to see at sunset.
    Girl With a Pearl Earring made me want to see work by Vermeer and visit Delft which we did last year.
    Memoirs of a Geisha made me want to visit Gion which is great fun, if a little papparazzi-ish at dusk when the geisha are heading to their evening appointments.
    Having the story of
    The Lady and the Unicorn in mind, made seeing the actual tapestries at the Cluny Museum in Paris all the more mesmerising.
    And the list could go on...

    And of course living in London and then Cambridge was great. There are still places where if you use your imagination just a little you can almost believe you're back in the era of Austen and Dickens and company.

    Another place we haven't been yet but I've really been wanting to since reading The Shadow of the Wind is Barcelona. Someday!


  1. Wow - great post. Enjoyed your comments about places and artwork. I love reading about a place that I've visited and I can picture the scene more clearly. And just about every place I read about I want to visit, except maybe Africa, India, Iceland or deserts.

  2. Can you see me jumping up and down, saying Me, too! Me, too!? I read Sarum right before our trip to England. I loved visiting the Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge, and Bath. Everything was just as I envisioned. Wonderful book and a wonderful 2 week vacation. I want to go baaaaaaaaack!

  3. booklogged- I also love reading about places that I'm familiar with so books set in places like London or Paris among others always catch my eye.

    Les- I loved all the historical places in England, and imagining all who had been there before. I meant to read Rutherfurd's London while we were living there but didn't get around to it. Have you read it?

  4. Nat - no, I haven't read London (or any others of Rutherfurd's). My husband has read everything he's written, though. They are a time committment and I need to be in the right frame of mind to devote myself to such a long book. Someday...

  5. Les, yes I know what you mean about the time commitment. It's why I kept putting it off when we were there. Oh well, like you said, someday!

  6. Oh, thou fortunate, well-traveled person!! Super post.

    I love reading anything and everything about England (and have been there a few times) and Australia (still wishing). I pretty much want to go everywhere I read about that doesn't sound yucky, come to think of it.


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