Do you like reading historical novels?

@maximax8 (30066)
United Kingdom
June 27, 2007 9:12am CST
I love to read historical novels. I especially like books written that are set during the Second World War. I think it is fascinating to read how life was in Europe in those days. I especially like reading about people moving into safety after a period of danger. I also like reading about life in the Victorian times. Do you like reading historical novels? If so, which period in history do you most like reading about?
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@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
28 Jun 07
yes I love novels set in victorian times. I did a course in university on victorian writers. including edith wharton, nathaniel hawthorne, of course jane austen, emily bronte and charles dickens. one of my favourites was middlemarch by george eliot. war novels are great too. like ernest hemingway, and the writer of this trilogy was it Pat Barker? also war poetry is just so haunting. Wilfred owen and rupert brooke are other favourites. :)
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
My degree was partly based on English Literature. I am glad you enjoyed your course on Victorian writers. I also like George Eliot's books. A few weeks ago I was in Dorset, near where Thomas Hardy lived. He wrote some great books but all the ones I have read so far have a very sad ending.
• Singapore
29 Jun 07
well I really liked Tess (a bit depressing though) and went to read far from the madding crowd, then a pair of blue eyes and Jude the Obscure. think i might even have read the The Woodlanders, cos I was on a hardy craze then. somehow historical novels just bring you to another world and i like getting immersed in another world. :) think the conversation in victorian times was so much cleverer than our conversation today. :)
@cerium (691)
28 Jun 07
I do. History is my favorite subject when it comes to novels. I like novels based on real incidents and persons more than fictional novels. I have interest in ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and Europe's age of renaissance. I have special interest in biographies about historical figures. I'm currently reading a novel on the life of Napoleon Bonaparte written by Max Gullo (a french writer). As for fictional historical novels, I like the works of Charles Dickens a lot.
@maximax8 (30066)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
I am sure the book on Napoleon Bonaparte is very interesting. Yes, I think biographies can be enjoyable to read. I also like books written by Charles Dickens and he had links with the county I used to live in.
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
30 Nov 07
I love reading those novels by Joan Jonker and other alike her which I think are more directed at the female readers, but which depict life in World War 1 and 2 where families had to cope on rations and nightly bombings, makes you think just how lucky we are, when all they had to eat was a small piece of chicken if they were lucky and had to soak the bones to make the soup, an orange was a luxury only given at Christmas and they had big families. I also love Richard Sharpe novels about the battles against English and The Spanish and The French in the Revolution. Mind you I did like Sean Bean playing Sharpe on Television. The 16th century is my favourite for history.
@myfanwy65 (1030)
• United States
28 Jun 07
I love reading historical novels. But, my passion is medieval England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. I love books by Nigel Tranter. They cost a lot here in the States. But, sometimes I can find them on half.com or ebay.
@Sporean (58)
• Singapore
28 Jun 07
Hi maximax8, Historical novels are great as they brings you back to a period in our past. But why stop at Second World War or Victorian times? You should try Gary Jennings historical bestsellers on life in ancient civilizations like Aztec, Journeyer and Raptor. Aztec is especially a good read as it talks about life in the ancient civilization of the Aztecs in South America and was on the best seller list.
@youless (98994)
• Guangzhou, China
27 Jun 07
I seldom read historical novels. As usually this subject is serious. I like reading science fiction books or comics. In these years I also read the books which can encourage me. Perhaps it will give me a good effect on my work.
@ackars (1942)
• India
27 Jun 07
I liked reading them when I was in my school.But nowadays,Im not that interested in it.I dont have much time to spend it on either...
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
27 Jun 07
i do love to read historical novels, but my focus is either the american civil war or the early 20th century up to world war 1... history is a facinating subject and my favourite!