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Popular Works Set in Bhutan, Cyprus, Amazonia, and The Western U.S.

by on October 4, 2011

A growing list of popular works set in our geographical regions. Feel free to suggest more.



Ahi Dorji Wangmo “Treasures of the Thunder Dragon”

Shrestha, Romio and Sophie

In Search of the Thunder Dragon

Barry, Desmond

Cressida’s Bed

Napoli, Lisa

Radio Shangri-La

Kernaghan, Eileen

Dance of the Snow Dragon “historical fantasy about a young monk in eighteenth century Bhutan and his journey with a sorceress to Shambhala.”

Ura, Karma

The Hero with a  Thousand Eyes “a biographical novel about an official in the twentieth century royal court in Bhutan, by a Bhutanese author.”

Zeppa, Jamie

Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A journey in the Bhutan


Traveller’s and Magicians

The Cup

Killing Time (Annika Gustafson)

Little Buddha

The Other Final

49th Day

The Unmistaken Child


Durrell, Lawrence

Bitter Lemons of Cyprus


The Illiad

The Odyssey


Back to Famagusta


Under the Stars (2001)

Evagora’s Vow


The Last Homecoming (directed by Corinna Avraamidou)

Mama Mia!

Shirley Valentine


Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Clash of the Titans (either 1981 or 2010)

Zorba the Greek


Alegria, Ciro

The Golden Serpent (El Serpiente de Oro)

Souza, Marcio

The Emperor of the Amazon

Mad Maria

Hatoum, Milton

Two Brothers

Ashes of the North

Roncagliolo, Santiago

The Alligator Prince

Arana, Marie


Carpentier, Alejo

The Lost Steps

Vargas Llosa, Mario

The Storyteller

Captain Pantoja and the Special Service

The Green House

Hudson, W.H.

Green Mansions

Verne, Jules

The Giant Raft

Doyle, Arthur Conan

The Lost World

Waugh, Evelyn

A Handful of Dust

Byatt, A.S.

Morpho Eugenia/Angles and Insects

Peter Matthiessen

At Play in the Fields of the Lord

Allende, Isabel

Cry of the Beast

Patchett, Ann

State of Wonder

Benchley, Peter

Amazon: The Ghost Tribe


Medicine Man (1992)

The Emerald Forest

Angels and Insects

A Handful of Dust

The Mission (though not directly in the Amazon)

At Play in the Fields of the Lord



Aguirre the Wrath of Gods

The Amazon (Peter Benchley)

Jungle 2 Jungle

Western U.S.

Arana, Marie

American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood

Haruf, Kent

Plain Song

Hannum, Alberta.

Spin a Silver Dollar: The Story of a Desert Trading-Post.

Silko, Leslie Marmon


The Turquoise Ledge

Gardens in the Dunes

Almanac of the Dead

McCarthy, Cormac

Blood Meridian, Or the Evening Redness in the West (1985)

All the Pretty Horses (1992)

The Crossing (1994)

Cities of the Plain (1998)

No Country for Old Men (2005)

The Road

Louis L’Amour

Any of his books set in the West




True Grit

Brokeback Mountain

El Mariachi

No Country for Old Men

High Noon

Red River

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Cat Ballou

The Shining

The Milagro Beanfield War

A River Runs Through It

Race to Witch Mountain

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