Tag Archives: historical fiction
If you like Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code you should enjoy Lost Temple by Tom Harper. The setting is Crete just after the end of the Second World War. Ex soldier and adventurer Sam Grant, who worked for the … Continue reading
You know the old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well this is the perfect example of it. The novel The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon doesn’t have the most eye-catching, attention-grabbing cover in publishing history but the … Continue reading
This is Jodi Picoult at the top of her game; I predict a movie of The Storyteller. I thought it was great, a real page turner! In New Hampshire there lives a young woman Sage Singer; superb baker and recluse … Continue reading
Inspired by the author’s family history, a fast paced, page turning holocaust based story! A great read that kept me reading far into the night. Berlin 1920, a German Jew doctor is rushed to hospital by her husband (a Jazz … Continue reading
The Painter’s Apprentice by Charlotte Betts. The Painter’s Apprentice is a wonderful descriptive story of London set during the time of James II and depicts life as it was during those fascinating times in London. Horses and carriages, an elegant … Continue reading
I loved every big bite of The Street Sweeper, one of the 2012, 50 Books You Can’t Put Down in Get Reading, All Australian Guide. An epic undertaking for Perlman and definitely a novel for those who love a big … Continue reading
I found a treasure between the covers of a book; Millman’s The Journeys of Socrates. I recommend this story to anyone to reads with a love of adventure, and who seeks the way to unlocking the secrets of the spirit.
This is the story of young orphaned boy, Sergei brought up in a harsh military college in 19th Century Tsarist Russia where boys are trained to be soldiers and the best are chosen to train as the Tsars personal elite Cossacks. Sergei’s father was an elite Cossack but his mother was a Jew. It is the time in Russia when the Jews are increasingly hunted from their homes and murdered. Sergei is aware of his Jewish heritage and if he remains as a Cossack he will be called upon to take part in the pogroms. He makes a decision to leave the college when he is 15 years old and begin his life’s journey. His military training ensures his survival as he finds his way through the harsh Russian terrain. Wonderful and tragic happenings are ahead for Sergei. He will meet many people who will help him to grow into the man he will become; he will be shaped mentally and physically into a warrior and so commences the journeys of Socrates.
Millman draws the reader and develops the character of Sergei from the very beginning of the story; the reader and Sergei unify and share life’s experiences from childhood to manhood. Millman has many characters throughout the story but none hold so prominent a place as the despicable Zakolyev who comes to the military college as a boy and immediately takes a hatred to Sergei. Millman’s character of Zakolyev is cruel with a psychotic personality and he refers disparagingly to Sergei as Sergei the Good. The reader can conclude from this Millman means us to view Zakolyev as Zakolyev the Bad..or Evil. These two will be the central characters throughout the novel in a battle between good and evil.
The story has a sprinkling of martial-arts, philosophy, spirituality and self-development without being weighed down by an overzealous amount of religious theology for readers who just don’t want to find that in a good read.
The sentence structure flows well. I never felt there were any parts of the story that dragged. The prose is superb, Life is about refinement, not perfection and so many more gems. So if you just want to be entertained or if you want to be entertained and to feed the soul, this is the book for you. It is one of those stories you don’t want to put down and before you know it – it is finished. I am new to Millman’s work and I can’t wait to read more.
Song of Achilles. Madeline Miller. When I was a little girl I loved reading Greek myths and legends. So, I was thrilled when this book was named the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 and was quite keen to start reading the … Continue reading