Another book like "Pillars of the Earth"

Feb 22nd, 2002, 07:25 AM
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Maren
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Another book like "Pillars of the Earth"

Can anyone recommend books similar to "Pillars of the Earth", that is, long, intelligent, perhaps historical? I am a book club dropout, because I don't like modern fiction--"The Stone Diaries" comes to mind. I have read the really long post on books, but would appreciate more recommendations.
 
Feb 22nd, 2002, 07:54 AM
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Hi Maren, it is not like "Pillars" as it does not pertain to Cathedrals, but "The Magic Circle" by Katherine Neville is long, intelligent and historical. It is fascinating and wildly imaginative.
I loved it!
Judy
 
Feb 22nd, 2002, 08:24 AM
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"Sarum" and "London" by Edward Rutherford are very similar, as are many of James Michener's works.
 
Feb 22nd, 2002, 08:33 AM
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I loved Pillars too. Although not exactly in the same vein, The Physician by Noah Gordon takes place in roughly the same time period. Also take a look at the works by Sarah Kay Penman (sorry if I spelled her name wrong).
 
Feb 22nd, 2002, 08:59 AM
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And I though I was the only person who'd read "The Physician". Couldn't put it down.
 
Feb 22nd, 2002, 08:59 AM
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try "Year of Wonder--A Novel of the Plague" by Geraldine Brooks, set in medieval England. Excellent read.
 
Feb 22nd, 2002, 09:33 AM
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Hi Maren,

I thought I was being a book club snob because I do not like reading modern fiction very much!!!! I don't know why but it just does not appeal to me as much.

Like everyone else, Pillars is one of my all time faves. I read it as a senior in High School and have reread it since and even found a first edition hard back-yeah!

I have to agree that London is an excellent book and Sarum in on my "To Get" list. I am adding these other suggestions to that list as well.

I am in SC, maybe we could start a Fodors readers historical fiction club via the internet? Just a thought!

Happy reading,
Jessica
 
Feb 22nd, 2002, 10:21 AM
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The Conquest about William the Conqueror--can't remember author. Sharon Kaye Penman wrote Here Be Dragons, The Sunne in Splendour, When Christ and his Saints Slept. Of all of them the Sunne in Splendour I think is the most interesting--another look at Richard III. If you can get out of England for a while, there's The Girl with the Pearl Earring about the painter Vermeer. Very good.
 
Feb 22nd, 2002, 11:23 AM
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Right, Sharon nor Sarah! Another choice is Restoration by Rose Tremain (better than the movie). And I really liked Through a Glass Darkly and its sequel, Now Face to Face by Karleen Koen.
 
Feb 22nd, 2002, 11:24 AM
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Forgot to add, there's a historical fiction group on yahoo groups. Check in with them and see what they recommend...
 

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