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Historical Fiction set in Asia -- recommendations?

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 10:10:15 AM PDT
JW says:
WILD SWANS was a wonderful book. It was eye opening as to how other people live in an environment so a different from mine. Thanks for the reminder Michelle, it goes to the top of my TBRA stack!

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 5:13:26 PM PDT
Marco says:
You might also like 'City of Broken Promises', by Austin Coates. The story is set in 18th century Macau.
Marco, author The Witch Hunter's Amulet

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 6:10:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 18, 2012 6:11:26 AM PDT
GT says:
Here are some great Asia-based novels, although not all are historical fiction.

"Recent" Chinese history through novels
1. 1200s: The Conqueror series by Conn Iggulden (Mongol Empire)
2. 1400s: The Examination by Malcolm Bosse (Ming Dynasty)
3. 1600s: Peony in Love by Lisa See (Qing Dynasty)
4. 1800s: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
5. 1800s: Tai-Pan by James Clavell
6. 1800s: Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
7. 1800s: The Last Empress by Anchee Min
8. 1900s: Wild Swans by Jung Chang (non-fiction)
9. 1920s: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
10. 1930s: The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa
11. 1930s: The Flowers of War by Geling Yan
12. 1940s: Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard
13. 1940s: Red Sorghum by Mo Yan
14. 1940s: Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
15. 1950s: Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet by Xinran
16. 1950s: Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
17. 1970s: Wild Ginger by Anchee Min
18. 1980s: The Garlic Ballads by Mo Yan

"Recent" Indian history through novels
1. 1800s: Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
2. 1800s: The Siege of Krishnapur by J. G. Farrell
3. 1800s: The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
4. Early 1900s: A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
5. Early 1900s: Raj by Gita Mehta
6. 1940s: Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
7. 1940s: The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott
8. 1950s: A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
9. 1970s: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
10. 1970s: Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry
11. 1980s: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
12. 1980s: The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
13. 1990s: White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
14. 2000s: Slumdog Millionaire (aka Q

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 6:12:42 AM PDT
GT says:

History of Japan through (mostly) Novels
1. 1000s: The Tale of Murasaki by Liza Dalby
2. 1100s: Memoirs of the Warrior Kumagai by Donald Richie
3. 1500s: Taiko by Eiji Yoshilawa
4. 1600s: Shogun by James Clavell
5. 1600s: Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa
6. 1700s: The Tokaido Road by Lucia St. Clair Robson Page
7. 1800s: The Doctor's Wife by Sawako Ariyoshi
8. 1800s: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
9. 1800s: Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka
10. 1800s: The Pure Land by Alan Spence
11. 1800s: The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi
12. 1910s: The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd
13. 1930s: The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki
14. 1940s: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
15. 1940s: Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids by Kenzaburo Oe
16. 1940s: Hiroshima by John Hersey
17. 1940s: An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 6:36:57 AM PDT
Thank you for this fabulous list!

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 8:20:48 AM PDT
NB says:
I had a chance to read Wings Of Freedom, a historical romance set in colonial India of the early twentieth century. It has received good reviews.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 8:04:13 AM PDT
beatrice says:
thank you so much for this wonderful list of books !

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 8:04:58 AM PDT
beatrice says:
fantastic and wonderful list, thank you

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