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Looking for Novel

  1. Sep 18, 2005 #1
    Hello everyone. I'm trying to find a fiction novel that deals with historical issues in a particular region, e.g. Memoirs of a Geisha (Japan), The Kite Runner (Pakistan). The only problem is that in this search, I cannot use any novel that I have read. The dilemma: how can I know whether the contents of a book are suitable for the search if I have never read it?

    And no, I cannot judge the book by its cover.

    Can anyone suggest novels that fit the theme?
     
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  3. Sep 18, 2005 #2

    loseyourname

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    Sons and Lovers is a good one. It deals with the effects of industrialization on the working classes in England during the late 19th century and is also simply one of the greatest novels ever written (no. 9, I believe, on the Modern Library's top 100 list last century, and one of my personal favorites).
     
  4. Sep 19, 2005 #3

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    The Grapes of Wrath comes to mind, but I haven't read it. I figured I would mention it in case anyone else here has read it; From what I know about it, it fits the theme.
    If you trust the analyses of SparkNotes (or other sites like it), you could probably find something suitable by browsing through their study guides. I imagine there are several novels about slavery in America, like Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

    I don't know if you would consider Homer's Iliad and Odyssey to be 'novels' or to have any truth to them, but that's the best that I can do. The only other stories that I've read and seem to fit the theme are plays and don't necessarily strive to be historically accurate ('histories' of Sophocles, Shakespeare) - depends on how strict your rules are, I guess.
     
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  5. Sep 19, 2005 #4

    EnumaElish

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    Actually it's Afghanistan.
     
  6. Sep 19, 2005 #5

    Integral

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    Try Trask by Don Berry
     
  7. Sep 19, 2005 #6

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    Brazil, Memed, My Hawk, Angela's Ashes, Hemingway novels taking place during the 20th century European wars. Garden of the Finzi-Continis. I'm trying to remember a novel I have read about the prosecution of a jew in imperial Russia and novels on early industrialization in France.
     
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