What classic of historical fiction have you never read?
I know that "classic" can be a loaded term, and that it can mean different things to different readers, so interpret this question as you like. Here are our responses:
Marg: A few years ago now one of my reading and blogging New Year's Resolutions was to finally read one of Dorothy Dunnett's historical fiction novels. That's right, I gave myself a whole year to do it, and I still haven't managed to! I know that when I do finally get to it, I will love her books, and fall in love with the characters and so much more. I know these things! I really do! I just haven't. Bad historical fiction fan!
My big question is do I start with The Lymond Chronicle or the House of Niccolo or do I go with the standalone King Hereafter?
As an aside, I have read one of her Johnson Johnson mysteries which I thought was fun, but a bit dated now.
Julie: The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.
Kelly: I know it is not classic in the sense that it is “very old” but I have always regretted that I still have yet to read All Quiet on the Western Front. I really like books about WWI and WWII; so this is a typical must-read for me that has been on my TBR pile for ages and I still haven’t cracked the spine. A friend even sent me a copy as a gift. I could also share Marg’s answer. One day I will get to them!
Nanette: There are a lot of classic historical novels--both older and more recent--that I haven't read. Among them:
- Katherine by Anya Seton (the only Seton I've ever read is The Winthrop Woman, which I enjoyed but didn't love)
- The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (I made it about one disc into the audiobook version)
- I, Claudius by Robert Graves (this is odd, because I love books set in ancient Rome)
- Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor (I believe this was the Fifty Shades of Grey of its era)
- The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber (once again, I started this but didn't finish it)
- and finally, and perhaps most embarrassingly: I've never finished anything by Sharon Kay Penman. I started When Christ and His Saints Slept, and I enjoyed it while I was reading it, but I put it down and never picked it up.