Tales of the (Asian) City?
May 4, 2008 6:08 PM Subscribe
Reading yesterday’s Tales of the City
post, I got to wondering: are there any books set in Southeast Asian locations that “sell” their settings the way Tales of the City
does for San Francisco, or The Number One Ladies Detective Agency
does for Botswana?
posted by micketymoc to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm thinking about books that make you want to visit the setting depicted in the story; Alexander McCall Smith's books, for example, make me want to visit Botswana. You can feel the love of the place radiating off of each page.
I personally haven't read Tales of the City, but the post suggests that Maupin does the same thing for San Francisco.
Are there any books out there that make you "feel the love" for Bangkok, or Singapore, even Vientiane?
(Full disclosure: I'm the guide for Southeast Asia Travel on about.com - I'm thinking about reviewing any such books)