tale of two cities - dickens
1984 - orwell
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tale of two cities - dickens
1984 - orwell
Highly recommend I, Claudius by Robert Graves.
There's a BBC TV series about this book that you can view via Youtube. The TV series isn't half as good as the book, though.
I have once read The Fig Eater by Jody Shields. It talks about one of Sigmund Freud's famous subject named Dora. Also set in 1910 Vienna.
I'm a huge fan of The Tudors & I'd like to recommend Philippa Gregory's books about them. I've read The Constant Princes (story of Catherine of Aragorn & my favorite of all Gregory's Tudor books), The Other Boleyn Girl, The Boleyn Inheritance and The Queen's Fool. I've yet to read The Virgin's Lover (on Elizabeth I) and The Other Queen (on Mary Queen of Scots). I like Gregory's fiction twist to history. Has anyone read her Wideacre books? I heard they're great too.
I also have a book on the Borgias that I've yet to read. Kung controversy ang pag-uusapan, the Borgias fit the bill. Ang dami ko pang books na kailangang basahin hahaha! I like historical fiction dahil mahilig din ako sa history. Although, I'd want to read something from our own history. Alam ko may existing na historical fics out there, but sometimes they're written in such a scholarly manner na ang hirap maka-relate, unlike Western counterparts. Or probably that's just me.
Wow! I happened to just finished The Constant Princess a few weeks ago. I'm starting with Alison Weir's Eleanor of Aquitaine. I think Gregory though, was too liberal with her use of poetic license.
The best novel I've read about Mary Queen of Scots was The Immortal Queen by Elizabeth Byrd, and Legacy (can't remember author) about Elizabeth I. I also read The Family about the Borgias and I agree that this family is, what can I say?...Scandalously different.
By the way, if anyone's interested in I, Claudius in kindle format, just pm me.
THE 19TH WIFE - DAVID EBERSHOFF
Faith, I tell them, is a mystery, elusive to many, and never easy to explain.
Sweeping and lyrical, spellbinding and unforgettable, David Ebershoff’s The 19th Wife combines epic historical fiction with a modern murder mystery to create a brilliant novel of literary suspense.
It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of a family’s polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.
Soon after Ann Eliza’s story begins, a second exquisite narrative unfolds–a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah. Jordan Scott, a young man who was thrown out of his fundamentalist sect years earlier, must reenter the world that cast him aside in order to discover the truth behind his father’s death. And as Ann Eliza’s narrative intertwines with that of Jordan’s search, readers are pulled deeper into the mysteries of love and faith.
I enjoyed reading Conn Iggulden's take on Julius Caesar's life, a series entitled Emperor. I'll soon be reading his Conqueror series, which is about Genghis Khan.
I enjoyed Philippa Gregory's novels as well, although they see to be half-chick lit and half-historical fiction.
MADAME TUSSAUD - MICHELLE MORAN
The world knows Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire .... but how was this woman ho came one of the most famous sculpturess of all time? In these pages, her tumultuous and amazing story comes to life as only Michelle Moran can tell it. The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin.
Smart and ambitious, Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated was museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador, Thomas Jefferson, to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie's museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, and even politics . Her customers hail from every walk of life, yet her greatest dream is to attract the attention of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI; their stamp of approval on her work could catapult her and her museum to the fame and riches she desires. After months of anticipation Maire learns that the royal family is willing to come and see their likenesses. When the family arrive, the king's sister is so impressed that she requests Marie's presence at Versailles as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. It is a request Marie knows she cannot refuse --- even if it means time away from her beloved Salon and her increasingly dear friend, Henri Charles.
As Marie gets to know her pupil, Pincesse Elisabeth, she also becomes acquainted with the king and queen, who introduce her to the glamorous life at court. From lavish parties with more delicacies than she's ever seen to rooms filled with candles lit only once before being discarded, Marie steps into a world entirely different from her home on the Boulevard de Temple, where people are selling their teeth in order to put food on the table.
Meanwhile, many resent the vast separation between rich and poor. In salons and cafes across Paris, people like Camile Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out against the monarchy. Soon, there's whispered talk of revolution ... Will Marie be able to hold on to both the love of her life and her friendship with the royal family as France approaches civil war? And more important, will she be able to fulfill the demands of powerful revolutionaries who ask that she make the death masks of beheaded aristocrats, some of whom she knows?
Spanning five years, from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroin whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.
Finished Phlippa Gregory's "The Other Queen" last night.
First 90% of the book is great. The remaining 10% sucks from poor historical research. Overall, I like this better than her other book, The Constant Princess (about Katherine of Aragon)
TO THE TOWER BORN - ROBIN MAXWELL
The author of the highly praised The Wild Irish is back with a mesmerizing novel that probes one of the most intriguing unsolved mysteries in history --- what happened to the lost princes of York.
Debated for more than five centuries, the disappearance of the young princes Edward and Richard from the Tower of London in 1483 has stirred the imaginations of numerous writers from Shakespeare to Josephine Tey and posited the question: Was Richard III the boys' murderer, or was he not? In a captivating novel rich in mystery, color, and historical lore, Robin Maxwell offers a new, controversial perspective on this tantalizing enigma.
The events are witnessed through the eyes of quick-witted Nell Caxton, only daughter of the first English printer, William Caxton, and Nell's dearest friend, "Bessie," daughter of the King of England, sister to the little princes, and founding ancestress of the Tudor dynasty.
With great bravery and heart, the two friends navigate this dark and dangerous medieval landscape in which the king's death sets off a battle among the most scheming, ambitious, and murderous men and women of their age, who will stop at nothing to possess the throne of England.
Just finished To Defy a King by Elizabeth Chadwick.
The story is about the conflict between King John and his barons from the perspective of William Marshal's daughter. I enjoyed this book alot.
Anyone interested in this book (kindle format) may pm me.
Im currently reading The Secret History of The Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig. Its the first installment of the Pink Carnation series. Talks about the discovery of what really happened to The Pink Carnation as well as the Purple Gentian and the Scarlet Pimpernet (Napolionic Era British spies.) Im not much into chic-lit and this one is sort of like that but then the touch of history made me stay reading.
I'm a big fan of Philippa Gregory.. Love the novels!
Ermita - Sionil Jose
All his works actually. Pero Ermita is just so beautiful.
Just finished Robert Alexander's Rasputin's Daughter. It's a great read and totally riveting. The book dispels many of the myths surrounding the controversial Father Grigori Rasputin.
The story was told from the point of view of Rasputin's daughter. It involved the final 6 days leading to her father's murder.
(*from my kindle book collection. Willing to share.)
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova is a nice take of the historical background of Vlad the Impaler (aka Dracula) and the Ottoman Empire and Eastern European conflicts.