5 Evocative Family Reads To Match Your Angsana Stay

There's no better time than a holiday to catch up on your reading. But instead of simply delving into a forgettable airport thriller, why not pair your book with the culture you're now immersed in?

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Lunch Capers – Angsana Maison Souvannaphoum?

The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill "The sights, smells, and colours of Laos practically jump off the pages of this inspired, often wryly witty first novel," praised the Denver Post. It sees a 72-year-old French doctor appointed national coroner for Laos in 1975. Naturally, the crimes and capers then abound.

Wise Words

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." – St Augustine

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Slice of Paradise – Angsana Balaclava Mauritius

The Prisoner of Paradise by Romesh Gunesekera has been lauded for its "lush descriptions [that] make you see and smell the island and feel its hot, damp air on your skin." Gunesekera weaves in a thrilling love story and paints a vivid picture of the history of the island. In 1825, a young Englishwoman moving to her uncle's exotic plantation house – but she is unprepared for how different life in the Indian Ocean will be from Europe.

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Casablanca Tale – Angsana Riads Collection, Morocco

The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca is travel writer Tahir Shah's uproarious account of moving from London to North Africa. Buying a crumbling mansion in Casablanca is not as easy as it seems – especially when the first order of business is exorcising it of spirits.

Wise Words

"I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can't read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can't even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses." — Bill Bryson, Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe.

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Passage through Time – Angsana Laguna Phuket

A History of Thailand is a deeply researched non-fiction triumph, detailing the forces that shaped this country, from its monarchy to the influences of Bhuddism.

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Stories of the Land – Angsana Lang Co

Sometimes, the best way to learn about a culture is through its folklore – and Vietnam: A Traveller's Literary Companion, brims with myths alongside everyday family dramas. Penned by locals, it offers an insightful look into all of this lush country's regions.

Wise Words

"One's destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things." — Henry Miller, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch.

 

References:

1. Bangalore
Riddle of the Seventh Stone

2. Laos
The Coroner's Lunch

3. Mauritius
The Prisoner of Paradise

4. Morocco
The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca

5. Thailand
Four Reigns by Kukrit Pramoj

6. Vietnam
Vietnam: Travel books to read before you go
Vietnam: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Traveler's Literary Companions)

7. Wise words
15 literary travel quotes
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page