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CATEGORIES: Classic/Culturally Significant
Although I wasn’t a fan of this book (or Hesse’s other “masterpiece,” Steppenwolf), I recognize that it’s considered a classic in many cultures — in Switzerland and Germany, both of who claim the author as their own, and in Nepal and India, where the story, which prominently features Buddha and Buddhism, takes place. Several well-known music artists (Yes, Pete Townshend, Nick Drake) have written songs based on the book, so maybe you need a musical ear to get Hesse.
The Waiting Land
CATEGORIES: Sense of Culture
Irish author and incorrigible traveler Dervla Murphy has written more than two dozen books about her travels around the world, mostly to off-the-beaten-path locales. In her 1967 memoir, she recounts her time working at a Tibetan refugee camp in the Pokhara valley. (Thanks to Marilyn Terrell for introducing me to this book and its author.)
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