What are the best fiction novels set in South East Asia?

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    #1The Quiet American

    The Quiet American
    The Quiet American is a thriller and intrigue fiction by Graham Greene about Alden Pyle, the American sent to Saigon during Vietnam's rebellion against France. This book was published in 1956 and was twice adapted into a film.
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    Matthew Patterson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "When I bought this book I didn't know what to expect but I was hoping for a good story. I found myself lost in the world of South Eastern Asia and a main character who was a fish out of water. I could easily relate to the character so that drew me in immediately and kept me reading rapidly until I got to the end. I can highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something different."
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    #2The Glass Palace

    The Glass Palace

    The Glass Palace is a historical fiction novel by Amitav Ghosh published in 2000. The story spans a century of time, from the Konbaung dynasty in the 19th century to modern times. 

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    Anthony Dunn
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "konbaung dynausty is the historical story the novel writer is very intelligent "
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    #3Unsavory Elements

    Unsavory Elements

    Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China is a book containing 28 essays from foreigners who spent significant time living in China. Famous writers like Simon Winchester and Alan Paul contributed to this book.

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    Zachary Russell
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "It is a interesting read of true stories based on foreigners’ relationships with the Chinese, their roles in Chinese society, and adapting to Chinese culture. The vignettes are uneven, but it's worth a read."
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    #4The Windup Girl

    The Windup Girl
    The Windup Girl is a multi-award winning science fiction novel by Paolo Bacigalupi. It tells the story of a futuristic world governed by bioterrorism and environmental collapse, a world where calories are considered to be currency.
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    Johnny Alvarez
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book was great! It was right up my alley and I could not put it down. The author really made me think about how the future is going to look. "
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    #5The Ghost Bride

    The Ghost Bride
    The Ghost Bride is a historical fantasy novel by Yangsze Choo. Set in 19th-century China, it tells the story of Li Lian, who gets an offer to become the ghost bride of a rich family's dead son through a spirit marriage.

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    Brittany Estrada
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a decent paranormal type read. I enjoyed the authors writing style. Its worth the read if you want to pick it up and like this specific genre."
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    #6Noli Me Tangere

    Noli Me Tangere

    Noli Me Tangere is a Filipino historical fiction written by Jose Rizal and translated by Harold Augenbraum. This classic novel is first published in 1887.

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    Jacqueline Coleman
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Noli Me Tangere is an interesting and surprising novel. I liked reading and learning about the South East Asian culture. "
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    #7The Things They Carried

    The Things They Carried
    The Things They Carried is an autobiographical collection of stories about Tim O'Brien's experiences in the Vietnam War as an American soldier. It tells tales of humanity and compassion in a time of chaos and violence.
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    Kimberly Romero
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Things They Carried is a collection of stories about Tim O'Brien's experiences in the Vietnam War as an american soldier. It reflects on tales of humanity and compassion in a time of chaos and violence. The book is well written and highly recommend. It has a 4.4 out of 5 star rating and is compelling and interesting."
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    #8The Last Time I Saw Mother

    The Last Time I Saw Mother

    The Last Time I Saw Mother is a Filipino fiction book written by Arlene J. Chai. It is first published in 1996 by Ballantine Books. 

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    Scott Rios
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "looks good but not sure if it fully meets topic "
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    #9Burmese Days

    Burmese Days

    Burmese Days is a 1934 novel by acclaimed author, George Orwell. Set in imperial Burma in the days of the British empire, it tells the story of John Flory, who gets embroiled in a plot to take down Dr. Veraswami.

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    Brenda Wells
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Of all the George Orwell novels this is hands down my favorite. Unlike modern day versions of this time period this one was written during it. You just can't get this level of raw emotion in stories today."
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    #10Lotusland

    Lotusland

    Lotusland is a young adult romance novel by David Joiner about the American Nathan Monroe, who saw his Vietnamese lover leave him for a chance at a better life in America. The book depicts the lives of Westerners abroad.

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    Dennis Herrera
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This solution is very well done. It provides the author, genre, as well as a very concise description of what the book is about. However, it does lack specifics on where the plot takes place, therefore, users might not first realize that it is in South East Asia."
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    #11Saving Fish from Drowning

    Saving Fish from Drowning
    Saving Fish from Drowning is a historical fiction and a cultural book from Asia written by Amy Tan, published on September 26, 2006 by Ballantine Books. It follows the story of Bibi Chen.


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    Ronald Snyder
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This was a really fun read. Narrated by a ghost, it tells of mishap after mishap on a tour of the Burma Road. Lots of laugh out loud moments. It was a bit different from what I've read by Amy Tan before, but her unique voice is indeed evident, and I enjoyed every minute of it. "
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    #12The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun)

    The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun)
    The Coroner's Lunch is the first book in the crime mystery series Dr. Siri Paiboun written by Colin Cotterill which centers on Dr. Siri Paiboun who believes the wife of a prominent politician who has been murdered. 
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    Ashley Grant
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This novel is thick with local folklore and the writing is superb. Oh, and That ENDING! Let's just say I didn't see that coming. "

Summary

Best What are the best fiction novels set in South East Asia
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Quiet AmericanBooks 41 Paid
2The Glass PalaceBooks 37 Paid
3Unsavory ElementsBooks 37 Paid
4The Windup GirlBooks 33 Paid
5The Ghost BrideBooks 30 Paid
6Noli Me TangereBooks 28 Paid
7The Things They CarriedBooks 19 Paid
8The Last Time I Saw MotherBooks 16 Paid
9Burmese DaysBooks 13 Paid
10LotuslandBooks 7 Paid
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