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A Ranking of the Best Books by Murakami

A Ranking of the Best Books by Murakami

I have to admit that the first Murakami novel I read, I hated. It was Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. But let me explain something: before I had read it, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew nothing about the kind of magical realism Murakami uses, so while I was reading it, my main thought that this story didn’t make sense. And it violated one of my biggest book pet peeves: I couldn’t figure out where the story was taking place. If it’s supposed to take place in Japan, why is everyone eating western food and listening to western music? Where’s the sushi and ramen?...

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20 Great Books on Sri Lanka

20 Great Books on Sri Lanka

Whether you’re looking for books on Sri Lanka for future travel or to escape from this pandemic, here is a list of the 20 books (yes 20!) that I have read on this fascinating and complex country. You’ll find a list of fiction and non-fiction books. Nearly all the...

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15 Great Books on Indonesia

15 Great Books on Indonesia

I've wanted to visit Indonesia ever since I was a young girl in my twenties. There's just something about a country of 17,000 islands that has always intrigued me. I even had a plane ticket heading to Denpasar, Bali in April.  I never made it. You all know the story:...

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Understanding Pandemics: A Reading List for Travelers

Understanding Pandemics: A Reading List for Travelers

”All it required was a mango or water apple tree, laden with ripe fruit, overhanging a pigsty. An infected bat feeds on a water apple, discarding the pulp, which is besmeared with virus; the pulp drops down among the pigs; one pig snarfs it up and gets a good dose of...

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Hi! I’m Julie, the Bamboo Traveler!  This blog is devoted to helping the inquisitive traveler explore the history, heritage, and culture of a place. On this site, you’ll find itineraries to help you plan your trip, reviews to help you make more informed decisions, lots of history and cultural information to help make your travels more meaningful, and book recommendations to help you understand a place more deeply.

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