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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Books Set Outside The US

This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is Top Ten Books Set Outside The US.

I didn’t realise how much of the books I read are set in the US! That is something I need to correct. But luckily there are some books that I enjoyed that take place outside the States.


White Teeth
by Zadie Smith

Literary Fiction | Contemporary

White Teeth by Zadie Smith, coverSetting: London, UK 

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Pub Date: June 12, 2001

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Zadie Smith’s dazzling first novel plays out its bounding, vibrant course in a Jamaican hair salon in North London, an Indian restaurant in Leicester Square, an Irish poolroom turned immigrant café, a liberal public school, a sleek science institute. A winning debut in every respect, White Teeth marks the arrival of a wondrously talented writer who takes on the big themes —faith, race, gender, history, and culture— and triumphs.

I am a big fan of Zadie Smith writing. They way she portrayed London it this book is very specific and in a very pictorial way – even though the picture is not always pretty. What’s more, this book may be set in London, but shows cultures of so many other countries (that are not the US)

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Entanglement by Zygmunt Miłoszewski

18898659Title: Entanglement

Author: Zygmunt Miloszewski

Pub Date: PL July 2007 | UK August 2010

My Rating: ★★★★★

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Sunday, 5th June 2005

The revived Jarocin festival is a big success, with ten thousand people listening to rock bands Dżem, Armia and TSA. The JP2 generation takes place in the annual prayer meeting at Lednica. Zbigniew Religa, cardiac surgeon and politician, has announced that he will run for President and that he wants to be “candidate for national reconciliation”. At the tenth anniversary “Aviation Picnic” air show held in Góraszka, two F-16 fighters are on display, prompting an enthusiastic response from the crowd. In Baku the Polish team trash Azerbaijan 3-0, despite a poor display, and the Azerbaijani trainer beats up the referee. In Warsaw, police distribute grisly photos of car-crash victims to drivers as a warning. In the suburb of Mokotów a number 112 bus catches fire, and on Kinowa Street an ambulance overturns while carrying a liver for transplant. The driver, a nurse and a doctor are taken to hospital with bruising, the liver is unharmed and is transplanted that same day into a patient at the hospital on Stefana Banacha Street. Maximum temperature in the capital – twenty degrees, with showers.

It is the day and state of Warsaw, Poland when a man is found dead with a roasting spit stuck in one eye. He is discovered by one of fellow therapy group members. The case is taken by prosecutor Teodor Szacki. You wouldn’t suspect how twisted the case will be, and how far in the history of both Poland and the deceased, Szacki will have to go to find out the truth. The story is deeply rooted in Warsaw; each chapter starts with a short intro on what is happening in Warsaw, Poland and world like the one I quoted above. The crime is also strongly related to Communist times in Poland. But those are not things that will prevent you from enjoying this great mystery, they are exceptional and add a lot to a story when you understand them, but still, I believe that the story is as solid without them.

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Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe

9781101875773Author: Rufi Thorpe

Title: Dear Fang, With Love

Pub Date: May 24th, 2016

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Rating:★★★★☆


Exceptional story. Something new, fresh and different. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The story captures so many issues and aspects of human life. Father and daughter trip to Vilnius, Lithuania. The father, Lucas was crazy in love with Kat, Russian girl that he met in a school, when still young they made a baby (“Let’s make a baby, baby”). With pregnant Kat, they went to live on a commune of free-living hippies, working on a farm. That was too much for a young Lucas, who called his mother and eventually disappeared from Kat, and his daughter lives. But now, year and years later he is working on his father – daughter relationship. The girl, Vera is seventeen, is a very insightful and unusual teenager. She has a psychotic breakdown, and is diagnosed with bipolar, but she’s’ refusing to accept this diagnosis. Those two are setting on a history tour of Easter Europe, where they can revisit the history of Jews – Vera is a Jew, and history of Lucas’ grandmother Sylvia that survived the war and spent some time in Vilnius and later in Poland.

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