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Posted: 24 November 2010 at 6:59pm | IP Logged
I absoulutely loved The Red Tent ! Initially I wasn't to interested in it, but once I started I just couldn't put it down ! 
 
The Physician by Noah Gordon (another favourite), about a boy who is taken in as an apprentice - taught about medicine. He then travels all over Europe learning more. Its set in 1000 and something so the methods and beliefs are quite different from today.
^ A must read !

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I quite enjoy stories that have a blend of historical and present-day narratives. Kate Mosse is AWESOME for those. I started with Labyrinthe and moved on to Sepulchre, I honestly don't remember what those two were about but they were definitely way cool, I think they even had a little bit of magical mysticism in them.

Then there's Madame Proust and the Kosher Kitchen by...I can't remember which author, I'll edit this with her name once I remember. That one has three narratives interspersed with each other. One is Madame Proust, mother of Marcel Proust, whose narrative is told in diaries transcribed by the third narrator, a present-day translator who is translating Mme Proust's diaries. The second narrator is, if I remember correctly someone in WW2. Yeah, I think she's from France but she moves to Canada in WW2, gets adopted by a Canadian couple, and it's her life.

So yeah. Those are my suggestions! Embarrassed
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Posted: 28 November 2010 at 9:56pm | IP Logged

Thanks!!

@ Bhav- I think I'll definitely pick up Kate Moss...was not sure whether I'd like her books or not.

@ sunayna- Yes, I've been rec The Physician by one other person as well..am having trouble finding the book though!

I have another couple of recs..

The Dante Club..Matthew Pearl's debut novel is set during the american civil war and is abt a series of murders which are based on Dante's Inferno- they are solved by a club formed by the famous trio of poets including Longfellow, Oliver wendall Holmes and James Russel Lowell who are in the process of translating dante's Divine Comedy. It's a fascinating book and I was particularly impressed by the way the author has shown the immensely close relationship between the 3 famous personas..

Then Of course The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova which is a modern and wonderful take on the story of Vlad Tepes/Count Dracula...not to be missed!!
 
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Great topic and its even greater for me coz i have not laid my hands on any historical fiction at all, good to see the recommendations

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Originally posted by pooja_l

Great topic and its even greater for me coz i have not laid my hands on any historical fiction at all, good to see the recommendations
Do take it up, you'll never regret it!!Big smile
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