Adventurous Library

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21 September 2016 by Justine

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There are some books I wish I had read before visiting a country, and others I wish I had read before traveling at all… Here’s my Adventurous Library, built through the years with discoveries and friend’s recommendations – and still getting bigger and better. Among those books, you’ll find few big prize winners – including Nobel prize in literature. Some of those suggestions may defend certain points of view that might not be ours, or use subjective information more or less close to reality. In all cases, they remain, we hope, worth reading, and hopefully, entertaining. 

You’ll find books categorized by themes and country or continent in which they take place, and will be coarsely identified as either a work of fiction or of non-fiction, with few exceptions of “fictionalized true events” and biographies. On a final note, the books one or both of us have read will wear a cote on five starts, according to our personal humble opinion. The ones wearing no star are still on our reading list…

Happy reading !

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GENERAL : Any book that motivates you to move, to explore, to leave your comfort zone

  • Conquérant de l’Impossible by Mike Horn, 2005. Non-fiction.
  • The Eight Sailing Mountain by H. W. Tilman, 1977. Non-fiction.
  • Endurance by Alfred Lansing, 1959. Non-fiction.
  • Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, 1996. Fictionalized true events.
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, 1998. Non-fiction.
  • Latitude zero by Mike Horn, 2001. Non-fiction.
  • On a Roulé sur la Terre by Alexandre Poussin and Sylvain Tesson, 1994. Non-fiction.
  • Pôle Nord de Nuit by Mike Horn, 2007. Non-fiction.
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, 2005. Non-fiction.
  • The Seven Mountain by H.W. Tilman, 1952. Non-fiction.
  • Tracks by Robyn Davidson, 1980. Non-fiction.
  • Voyage au Bout de la Nuit by Louis-Ferdinand Céline, 1932. Fiction.
  • West With the Night by Beryl Markham, 1942. Non-fiction.
  • The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrarg, 1922. Non-fiction.

 

SPECIFIC TO COUNTRY or CONTINENT : Any book you should read before traveling in a certain country or area to prepare yourself, or to get a slightly better understanding of the situation over there

  • Australia. Tracks by Robyn Davidson, 1980. Non-fiction.
  • Botswana. Whatever You Do, Don’t Run by Peter Allison, 2014. Non-fiction.
  • Cameroon. Cameroon With Egbert by Dervla Murphy, 1992. Non-fiction.
  • India. Cette Nuit la Liberté by Dominique Lapierre, 2007. Non-fiction.
  • India. La Cité de la Joie by Dominique Lapierre, 2000. Fictionalized true events.
  • Kenya. Unbowed by Wangari Maathai, 2006. Non-fiction.
  • Kenya. West With the Night by Beryl Markham, 1942. Non-fiction.
  • Nepal. Annapurna by Maurice Herzog, 1952. Non-fiction.
  • RDC. King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild, 1999. Non-fiction.
  • Rwanda. The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz, 2010. Non-fiction.
  • Rwanda. Shake Hands With the Devil by Romeo Dallaire, 2004. Non-fiction.
  • Rwanda. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch, 1999. Non-fiction.
  • Sierra Leone. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, 2007. Non-fiction.
  • South Africa. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, 1948. Fiction.
  • South Africa. Life and Times of Michael K by JM Coetzee, 1983. Non-fiction.
  • South Africa. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, 2008. Biography.
  • South Africa. The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist by Breyten Breytenbach, 1984. Non-fiction.
  • Uganda. A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul, 1979. Fiction.
  • Zimbabwe. The Last Resort by Douglas Rogers, 2009. Non-fiction.
  • Zimbabwe. The Fear by Peter Godwin, 2011. Non-fiction.

Africa

  • Africa Trek I & II by Alexandre and Sonia Poussin, 2007. Non-fiction.
  • Beats of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala, 2009. Non-fiction.
  • The Congo and Coasts of Africa by Richard Harding Davis, 1907. Non-fiction.
  • Dark Safari by John Bierman, 1990. Biography.
  • Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller, 2002. Non-fiction.
  • First Footsteps in Eastern Africa by Robert Burton, 1856. Non-fiction.
  • Heart of Darkness by Jospeh Conrad, 1899. Non-fiction.
  • A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, 2007. Non-fiction.
  • La Mémoire du Fleuve by Christian Dedet, 2014. Biography.
  • Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, 2008. Biography.
  • À l’Orée de la Forêt Vierge by Dr Albert Schweitzer, 2013. Non-fiction.
  • Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen, 1937. Non-fiction.
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway, 1938. Fiction.
  • Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley, 1897. Non-fiction.
  • Through the Dark Continent by Henry M. Stanley, 1878. Non-fiction.
  • Unbowed by Wangari Maathai, 2008. Non-fiction.

Asia

  • Hunted Through Central Asia by Paul Nazaroff, 1932. Non-fiction.
  • Setting the East Ablaze by Peter Hopkirkm 1986. Non-fiction.
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, 2005. Non-fiction.

North America

  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller, 2011. Non-fiction.
  • Into The Wild by John Krakauer, 1996. Non-fiction.
  • A long Treck Home by Erin McKittrick, 2009. Non-fiction.
  • Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled by Hudson Stuck, 1914. Non-fiction.
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed, 2012. Non-fiction.

South America

  • Brazil Red by Jean-Christophe Rufin, 2001. Fiction.
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1985. Fiction.
  • Mother of God by Paul Rosolie, 2013. Non-fiction.
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1967. Fiction.
  • Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano, 1997. Non-fiction.

BY THEME : Books that will make you feel better depending on what type of environment you’re throwing yourself into

IT WILL BE DRY, HOT AND SANDY

  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey, 2011. Non-fiction.
  • Tracks by Robyn Davidson, 1980. Non-fiction.

 

IT WILL BE COLD, HARSH AND WINDY

  • Annapurna by Maurice Herzog, 1952. Non-fiction.
  • Conquérant de l’Impossible by Mike Horn, 2005. Non-fiction.
  • A long Treck Home by Erin McKittrick, 2009. Non-fiction.
  • Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled by Hudson Stuck, 1914. Non-fiction.

 

THERE WILL BE WILDLIFE

  • Conquérant de l’Impossible by Mike Horn, 2005. Non-fiction.
  • Latitude zero by Mike Horn, 2001. Non-fiction.
  • Mother of God by Paul Rosolie, 2013. Non-fiction.
  • Whatever You Do, Don’t Run by Peter Allison, 2014. Non-fiction.

 

IT WILL BE STICKY HUMID, JUNGLELY AND MUDDY

  • Latitude zero by Mike Horn, 2001. Non-fiction.
  • Mother of God by Paul Rosolie, 2013. Non-fiction.

 YOU WILL WALK FOR MONTHS WITH ONLY YOURSELF AS COMPANION

  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller, 2011. Non-fiction.
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed, 2012. Non-fiction.

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