Literary Blog Hop: Around the World in Three Books
The literary blog hop is hosted bi-weekly by the crew at The Blue Bookcase. This week's topic for discussion is:
What setting (time or place) from a book or story would you most like to visit? Eudora Welty said that, "Being shown how to locate, to place, any account is what does most toward making us believe it...," so in what location would you most like to hang out?
I had a hard time thinking up an answer to this one, but I ended up with three. At first I was thinking that I only read depressing books in which setting often was an evil presence or antagonist. Then I thought harder and came up with these.
#1 The Secret Garden from F. Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
|Image by Russell Barnett, found here|
Growing up I had a friend that had an enclosed backyard garden that I thought must be The Secret Garden. It was so appealing to me because it was a little creepy, but also magical. As a kid I always liked the idea of having a space that was hidden and all my own.
#2 Pamplona (or Paris) from Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
|The film version found here|
"At noon of Sunday, the 6th of July, the fiesta exploded. There is no other way to describe it [...] People were coming into the square from all sides, and down the street, and we heard the pipes and the fifes and the drums coming. They were playing the riau-riau music, the pipes shrill and the drums pounding, and behind them came the men and boys dancing. "
Hanging around with a bunch of ex-pats on vacation from Paris, drinking wine from skin sacks and watching bull fights? Okay.
#3 Alexandria from Lawrence Durrell, Justine
|Alexandria, Egypt found here|
Lawrence Durrell was an expat himself, who lived in Alexandria, and wrote about the place as carefully and lovingly as about any character in his Alexandria Quartet. Although I wouldn't want to visit at this historical moment, I would love to see Alexandria ("the pearl of the Mediterranean) through the eyes of Durrell's narrator.