Book Set #11 Revealed – Society in Eastern and Latin Cultures

Books 41 through 44 out of 50

Book Set 11 - Society in Eastern and Latin Cultures

The more than 1,700 books in the candidate list for The Well-Read Man Project show a definite bias toward Western works. Since Westerners selected the candidates for consumption by other Westerners, this isn’t surprising. Fortunately, these source lists recognized the value of writings from other cultures.

While non-Western books show up throughout the final list of fifty, this section includes works that specifically address concerns outside of America and Western Europe. (Click on a book to access its detail page.)

Book 41
by Natsume Soseki
Book 42
The Bridge on the Drina
by Ivo Andrić
Book 43
One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel García Márquez
Book 44
Midnight’s Children
by Salman Rushdie

Kokoro takes place during Japan’s Meiji Transformation. The Bridge on the Drina tells the story of a bridge currently located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, an nation that has gone through several boundary and political name changes during the 400 years covered in the book. One Hundred Years of Solitude also covers a long time span, this time in Columbia. Midnight’s Children, a story of India’s move to independence, is one of many “postcolonial” books that appeared in the candidate list.


  1. What a wonderful project! I’ll be interested to follow along in your progression through the 50 books you’ve chosen (wondering what defined their inclusion for you?). I’ve read only 8 of the 44 you’ve listed so far, and am secretly hoping that the Bible will be amongst the list of 50. I love that you’ve included literature from many cultures, love seeing Kokoro here which, in fact, I’d like to join you in reading. Nice to “meet” you!

  2. Thank you for the encouragement, Bellezza. The Bible won’t be included in the list of books because I’ve already read it, and I excluded any previous reads from the project. In earlier postings, I explained many of my rules for book selection, so be sure to review those when you get a chance!


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