Kick-Ass Historical Fiction Suggestions?

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Re: Kick-Ass Historical Fiction Suggestions?

Postby Keirador » 23 Oct 2018, 22:18

David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet would fit the bill nicely, and is one of my favorite novels of any genre. It was inspired by his learning, while living in Japan, that for over 200 years a single isolated trading post called Dejima, purposefully cut off from the mainland to contain and constrain foreign influence, was inhabited by Dutch merchants and served as the only point of contact with the outside world for many Japanese. Predictably, he inserted some semi-fantastical elements, but it's a painstakingly researched work in terms of historical authenticity.

I'll also put in a plug for Philip Roth's The Plot Against America as being, not to put too fine a point on it, rather timely at present.
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Re: Kick-Ass Historical Fiction Suggestions?

Postby Tarsier » 26 Oct 2018, 00:39

Keirador wrote:David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet would fit the bill nicely, and is one of my favorite novels of any genre. It was inspired by his learning, while living in Japan, that for over 200 years a single isolated trading post called Dejima, purposefully cut off from the mainland to contain and constrain foreign influence, was inhabited by Dutch merchants and served as the only point of contact with the outside world for many Japanese. Predictably, he inserted some semi-fantastical elements, but it's a painstakingly researched work in terms of historical authenticity.

I'll also put in a plug for Philip Roth's The Plot Against America as being, not to put too fine a point on it, rather timely at present.


Just read the Roth title - enjoyed it more than the last of his that I read.

The Thousand Autumns sounds excellent. On my list.
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