Last week I asked you about literary characters: Which oneyou most resemble, and which one you'd most like to be. Your answers were delightful; thanks to all who left comments.
Those comments helped inspire my question today, which also comes from reading Kate Christensen's "Trouble." That book references E.M.Forster's classic "A Passage to India," and while reading Christensen's book I recalled how I longed to be on the picnic procession to the Malabar Caves (even after I knew that that afternoon came to a sad, indignant end). So many books have opened mental "slideshows" to new places: "The Towers of Trebizond," "The Secret Garden," John Lanchester's "Fragrant Harbor," Keri Hulme's "The Bone People," "Enchanted April," and "Midnight's Children" to name a very, very few.
The "place between" book covers has always been, for me, the easiest and fastest way to travel - but I've been fortunate enough to also have taken some trips based on books I've read (if you need ideas, my pals Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon have lots in their wonderful book Novel Destinations). My fellow bibliophiles will know what I mean when I say there is nothing quite like seeing a house or a monument or a place that you've read about, even if it's entirely different from your imagination.
Of course, it isn't necessary to make the trip; which book or books have most made you want to visit a place? I'm still looking forward to visiting Dublin and walking in James Joyce's footsteps - but alas, I doubt I'll ever get to make a trip to Hogwarts Academy...