Wanderlust in literature that can make you travel even staying on your couch, narrating adventures and journeys.
Wanderlust is a beautiful word for expressing the illness of the desire for travels and adventures.
But you don’t necessarily need to be on a plane to South Africa to be in South Africa: sometimes, it takes to buy a Karen Blixens’ novel and travel with your mind, watering your wanderlust at his best.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Said Dr Seuss in a famous quote, and that’s a perfect sentence to express the big power of literature: it can make you travel even staying on your bed or couch, opening your mind to new cultures, folklore and people.
But traveling in concrete is always the best solution, so I’ve chosen this month a selection of books to fill your wanderlust and make you get up from your bed and start a new adventure.
Platform – Michael Houellebecq
Cynical, though, raw: this novel it’s only for strong stomaches.
Houellebecq writes, in his own style and marvelous voice, about a dystopic kind of traveling where you can fulfill not only your wanderlust, but even your lust in dystopic organized holidays with sex workers.
Into the wild – Jon Krakauer
The famous book where has been taken the famous movie adaptation about the tragic story of Chris McCandless, a young man who left his family and friends, abandoned most of his material possessions, went to Alaska and died there. The author does a great job of portraying McCandless complex personality through specific researches based on interviews, letters and journal entries.
Wild – Cheryl Strayed
After her mother death, the author at the age of twenty two decided to take a journey through hiking high mountains in wild nature. A beautiful diary of wanderlust and how can help go through tragic periods of our life.
On the road – Jack Kerouac
Maybe the most famous novel about Beat Generation, Kerouac’s masterpiece is about taking risks and chances moved by a deep wanderlust that doesn’t let you stay at home but makes you take a car, a friend and cross the country searching happiness and a place to fit in.