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Round the World Odyssey-- Finished


Start: 22 Nov 2000 London, UK -- Finish: 18 Nov 2001 Chicago, IL

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London>Budapest>London>India>Bangkok>Myanmar>Laos>Thai Islands>Singapore>Borneo>Bali>Australia>New Zealand> Jonny Ross Wedding(Brussels)>Tahiti>Easter Island>Chile> Peru>Galapagos Islands/Ecuador>Miami>Stu Bassin Wedding (Toronto)>Chicago...Atlanta... London>Budapest>Paris>Chicago.


Reading List:
The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham-- about boy from Chicago who rejects working and travels to India to find meaning of life. Strangely familiar.
The Passion by Jeanette Winterson-- beautifully written book about love, Venice in the Napoleonic Period. Highly recommend!!!
The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi-- fascinating autobiography of Gandhi's life until 1927.
Art of Yoga by S. Iyengar --classic with severly difficult advanced postures
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri --2000 Pulitzer Prize winning book of short stories about Indians living abroad, interesting but depressing
Burmese Folk Tales extremely violent absurd tales
Genome by Matt Ridley -- discourse on modern genetics
The Mismeasurement of Man by Stephen Jay Gould -- development of intelligence testing, very interesting...
Foundation by Isaac Asimov -- excellent classic science fiction
Java Spider by Geoffrey Archer -- trashy British spy/intrigue set in Indonesia. Easy quick read.
Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris --funny book about the experiences of a Macy's Santa and other stories.
Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov -- Foundation sequel.
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller --great classic
The Quiet American by Graham Greene -- excellent short novel set in Indochina
Investment Biker by Jim Rogers -- tale of supertrader Rogers' round the world motorcycle journey in 1995.
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams -- short classic sci fi. cute and funny
Timeline by Michael Crichton -- excellent time travel thriller from Jurassic Park author set in 14th Century France
Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz -- great collection of characters of old Cairo by Nobel prize winner
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald --funny satirical short stories from the Jazz Age
The Red Queen by Matt Ridley -- interesting discourse on evolution of sex and human nature
The Brethren by John Grisham -- pretty stupid easy read legal thriller
Cause of Death by Patricia Cornwell -- strange crime fiction thriller with female Quincylike medical examiner
Beach Music by Pat Conroy melodramatic
The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes -- story of the founding of Australia
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien -- classic SF
The Galapagos Affair by John Trehorne -- interesting, exhaustive look into the strange early German settlers on the island of Floreana
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut -- mediocre book set in Galapagos and Ecuador
Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera -- beautiful book of short story variations on the theme of memory
Rabbit, Run by John Updike -- dated depressing book, first in Rabbit series
Sick Puppy by Carl Hiassen -- very funny Florida book