Historical Fiction

HISTORICAL FICTION CHALLENGE
sponsored by
http://www.passagestothepast.com/2015/01/2015hfreadingchallenge.html

** Challenge:  To read at the Ancient History level – 25 books of historical fiction

(I upped the difficulty level by making my rule that the author had to be born after the events or setting portrayed. –  Took off about 7 books due to that.  For example if  the  author is  born in the 1950s and writing about the 1960s, etc. that’s mostly memoir with some research to back it up.

Walter Scott Prize:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Scott_Prize

My Own Thoughts on Historical Fiction
https://beckylindroos.wordpress.com/012011-2/2015-2/historical-fiction-2014/ 

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1.   Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadirmitrou
2009 / 352 pages
rating:  9.33 / graphic historical fictionalized – Bertrand Russell and 20th century math

2.   How to be Both
by Ali Smith
2014/ 384 pages
rating – 8.5 / 1/2 historical fiction – Italian Renaissance

3.  The Gift of Rain
by Tan Twan Eng (Malaysian)
2007 / 432 pages
Rating 9 / historical  fiction – WWII Malaysia

4.   Arctic Summer
by Damon Galgut
2014/352 pages
rating: 6 /fiction – fictionalized biography post-WWI

5.    The Master Butcher’s Singing Club
by Louise Erdrich
2003 / 416 pages
read by Louise Erdrich 16h 42m
rating 7,5 (maybe better) early North Dakota history

6.  Consolation
by Michael Redhill
2006 / 466 pages
rating: 8.75/ historical fiction – early Toronto history

7.  The Paying Guests –
by Sarah Waters
2014 /  576 pages
read by Juliet Stevenson 21h 26m
Rating-  5 (liked parts of it) late Victorian England

8. Morality Play
by Barry Unsworth
1996 / 206 pages
read by Michael Maloney 5h 34m
rating – 9.25 /  literary historical crime – medieval England

9. Flood of Fire
(3rd book of Ibis Trilogy)
by Amitov Ghosh
2015/616 pages
read by Raj Ghatak 23h 10m
rating 8 / historical fiction – Opium War – mid-19th century

10 The Game of Silence
by Louise Erdrich
2006 / 288 pages
read by Anna Fields
rating –  8  / Native American, 19th century

11.The Moor’s Account
by Laila Lalami
2014/ 336 pages
rating 9/ historical fiction –  colonizing US, 16th century

12. Euphoria
by Lily King
2014/ 258 pages
Rating: 9 / general fiction – 1920s

13. The Buried Giant
by Kazuo Ishiguro – English
2015/ 317 pages
rating: 6 / fantasy/allegory –  historical 10th century England

14. The Beginning of Spring
by Penelope Fitzgerald
1998/ 272 pages
Rating: 9 / historical fiction – 1917 Moscow

15.   The Hummingbird’s Daughter
by Luis Alberto Urea
2005 /  528 pages
read by Luis Alberto Urea (the author) 18h 25m
(read and listened)
rating:  9.5 – historical fiction (mystical realism)- 19th century Mexico

16.  The Feast of the Goat
by Mario Vargas Llosa
2000/405 pages
rating: 9- contemp fiction

17.  The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
by Maggie O’Farrell
2007 / 277 pages
rating – 7.5 / 1930s

18.   The Gate of Angels
by Penelope Fitzgerald
1990 / 219 pages
rating  9 /  1920s

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20.An Ice Cream War
by William Boyd
1982 / 397 pages
rating: 7   / WWI

21. Sweetland
by Michael Crummey
2014/ 336 pages
read by John Lee 9h 12m
Rating: 7 /  history of tiny island off Newfoundland

22.The Lake House
by Kate Morton
2015/ 512 pages
read by Caroline Lee 21h 24m
rating:  B /  1920s?

23.  House of the Rising Sun
by James Lee Burke
2015 / 448 pages
read by Will Patton
rating 6 / historical fiction – post-Civil War

24.  Marriage of Opposites
by Alice Hoffman
2015/ 384 pages
read by Gloria Ruben and others 13h 26m
rating 4  / mid 19th century

25.  The Secret Chord
by Geraldine Brooks
2015 / 320 pages
read by Paul Boemer  13h 8m
rating  7.5  / historical – King David

 

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