Tuesday, 24 June 2014

5 Books To Help Weather The Storm....

If you're Melbourne based, or indeed anywhere in Victoria, you might be just about fed up with the stormy conditions we've been experiencing for a few days.

What better way to escape than into a steamy, sticky, hot and sweaty novel. No, I'm not advocating diving into the nearest adult bookstore and turning up the temperature that way (but hey, each to their own...) 

I'm thinking more along the lines of novels that are set in the hotter parts of the globe, books that really make you feel totally tropical. So here are five classic titles from world renowned authors,  just to take you up a degree or two.....

Our Man In Havana by Graham Greene
Have the tequila bottle beside you for this romp through pre-Castro Cuba. A comedy-thriller featuring a vacuum cleaner salesman who moonlights as a spy.... What could possibly go wrong?!

Death On The Nile by Agatha Christie
You've all seen the movie/TV show in one form or another I'm sure, but to feel Poirot getting sand between his toes under an Egyptian sun, you simply have to read the book.

The African Queen by C.S. Forester
Steaming it's way through the steamy African jungle, with romance in the air between a British missionary's sister and a cockney (yes cockney, the character was Canadian in the movie because Bogart couldn't do the accent) boat pilot, WWI reaches the depths of Africa!

Burmese Days by George Orwell
Mentioned on this site a little while back,You will come away from this book feeling the prickly heat, seeing the moisture drip from the steaming native flora, oozing the bitterness of colonial oppression mixed with acidic self-loathing that the characters ought to or actually feel.

A Handful Dust by Evelyn Waugh
A Handful of Dust is included in the Modern Library List of Best 20th-Century Novels Our hero is stranded in the sticky Brazilian rainforest with not a football in sight to entertain him....