Well, the USA may have bowed out to Ghana back in June, but thanks to Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird, we are the victors in this contest. Let’s take a moment to pause for chants of “USA! USA!” and maybe a round or two of “We are the Champions.”
OK, so now that that’s done, here’s the results:
1) USA: Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: 36.59%
2) England: George Orwell’s 1984: 26.83%
3 – tie) Chile: Isabel Allende’s THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS: 9.76% and Spain: Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s THE SHADOW OF THE WIND: 9.76%
4) Netherlands: Anne Frank’s DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL: 7.32%
5) Argentina: Jorge Luis Borges’s LABYRINTHS: 4.88%
6 – tie) South Korea: Hwang Sok-yong’s THE GUEST: 2.44% and Paraguay: Augusto Roa Bastos’s I, THE SUPREME: 2.44%
And while I did promise to read the winner and report back, I’ve actually read both #1 and #2 on this list. I love them both (and still fear being in close quarters with rats as a result of the latter), so I certainly support their victory. But since the goal was to get me reading more foreign lit, I’ll skip on down to the tie for #3. I have long meant to read both, so they’re both moving up to the “to read soon” pile. Tell me which to start with below!
Thanks to everyone who participated, and I hope we all at least got some good book recommendations out of it!