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Pasky
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Post by Pasky » Fri November 23rd, 2012, 3:53 pm

Hello, everyone.

I'm Pasky and I am a huge fan of fiction that focuses on colonial history. For me, Paul Scott's Raj Quartet is a prime example of the form. Not only did Scott create vivid, diverse characters, but he also raises larger issues regarding the morality of colonial rule, all within a fast-moving narrative.

Inspired by Scott's work, I'm currently working on a historical novel that looks at the legacy of the U.S. occupation of the Philippines. (More info is available here.)

I also am interested in non-fiction by people like Elaine Pagels, who studies the history behind sacred text. To me, Pagels's work offers some of the pleasures of historical fiction, which is to capture concepts, ideas, and beliefs that past peoples held dearly.

I hope I hear from others who are interested in these themes.

Thanks a whole bunch!

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Fri November 23rd, 2012, 5:04 pm

Welcome Pasky. Good to have you here.

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Post by Misfit » Fri November 23rd, 2012, 6:19 pm

Hi Pasky. I haven't read the Raj Quartet (yet), but have read MM Kaye and Emma Drummond (AKA as Elizabeth Darrell).
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Post by Vanessa » Fri November 23rd, 2012, 6:25 pm

Welcome, Pasky! I hope you enjoy it here. I have the first couple of books in the Raj Quartet on my TBR pile.
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Post by Madeleine » Fri November 23rd, 2012, 8:25 pm

Hi Pasky and welcome, have fun on the forum and good luck with your novel.
Currently reading: "The Comforts of Home" by Susan Hill

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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri November 23rd, 2012, 11:29 pm

Hi Pasky!

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Post by fljustice » Sun November 25th, 2012, 8:32 pm

Hi Pasky. Read the Raj Quartet years ago and quite enjoyed them. I'm currently reading a US colonial period piece called <i>The Fontiersmen</i> by Allen Eckert who claims his fiction is actual fact and all dialog is from diaries and first person accounts. Interesting so far. Enjoy the forum and good luck with your book!
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Post by parthianbow » Mon November 26th, 2012, 5:35 pm

Hi Pasky, and welcome!
Ben Kane
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Spartacus - UK release 19 Jan. 2012. US release June 2012.

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Post by erechwydd » Tue November 27th, 2012, 12:37 pm

Welcome to the forum, Pasky. :)

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Post by Carla » Thu December 13th, 2012, 1:33 pm

Hello and welcome!
PATHS OF EXILE - love, war, honour and betrayal in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria
Editor's Choice, Historical Novels Review, August 2009
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