Category Archives: historical fiction

Consolation

Consolation by Michael Redhill 2006 / 466 pages rating: 8/ historical fiction >>>>NOTES (Spoilers and photos) >>>>  The book seems long but it reads quickly enough.  It’s basically an homage to the city and history of Toronto and an interesting … Continue reading

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The Master Butcher’s Singing Club

The Master Butcher’s Singing Club by Louise Erdrich 2003 / 416 pages read by Louise Erdrich 16h 42m rating 7,5 (but it might be better than that – ) I’ve enjoyed Erdrich’s books ever since The Beet Queen in 1986. … Continue reading

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The Gift of Rain

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (Malaysian) 2007 / 432 pages Rating 9 / historical  fiction 1/14/15 This book started out so incredibly good for me that I began writing little summaries – I find doing that keeps me … Continue reading

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All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr *2014 / 531 pages (Kindle) *Read by Zach Appelman / 16h 2m Rating: 8 / historical fiction (WWII) (both listened and read) Opening Doerr’s second novel which one of my reading groups (BookiesToo) … Continue reading

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The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton * 2014 / 421 pages * read by Davina Porter 13h 17m rating:  7 / historical fiction I had a very hard time coming up with a review or a rating for this book.  I was … Continue reading

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The Luminaries

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton 2013  / 834 pages read by Mark Meadows 29h 14m rating – 9 / historical fiction >>>>NOTES>>>> I read this first right after it won the Man Booker Prize in 2013 and loved it.  (The review … Continue reading

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan 2014 /334 pages (Kindle) rating: 9.5 / historical fiction I was warned this is a hard book to read due to the violence.  I’m allergic to graphic violence in war – … Continue reading

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Troubles

Troubles by J. G. Farrell 1970 / 480 pages rating 10 / hist fiction Farrell is an under-appreciated genius in my opinion, and it’s especially apparent in this sad yet humorous award-winning novel about the time of “Troubles” in Ireland circa 1919-1921 … Continue reading

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Ragtime

Ragtime E.L. Doctorow 1975 / 336 pages rating – 10 / classic (?) Back in 1975 this was a genre changing book and I think historical fiction was never quite the same again.  I read it when it was newly released … Continue reading

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The Good Lord Bird

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride 2013/419 pages rating: 8 / historical fiction There are widely varying opinions about the sanity, mission and effects of John Brown who escalated the pre-war tensions of the Civil War to the point … Continue reading

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From the Mouth of the Whale

From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjon 2008 / 232 pages rating 8.5 /historical fiction (mythical?) Very unusual story of an Icelandic man, Jonas Palmeson (Jonas the Learned),  in the years 1635-1639 who along with his wife and children … Continue reading

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The Colour of Milk

The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon 2014/ 176 pages rating 8.5 / historical fiction At only 176 pages, this is a novella, really, but those are often the best size for a deceptively simple story, well told, where every … Continue reading

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