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This is my first post (love this site!) to a forum on LibraryThing. I just started to garner interest in the Crimean War era and would like to find some historical fiction (even alternative history) covering the time and battle itself.
Anyone have some good recommendations for me?
One of the first places that I personally heard about the Crimean War was The Crown and the Crucible. It takes place in Russia a generation after where the War acts as a looming shadow from history.
Garry Douglas Kilworth's 7-novel military series might be a good way to get an in-depth look at the Crimean War. It starts with The Devil's Own. The first four novels are set during the Crimean War. You'll find some other novels about soldiers in this war on the Nineteenth Century page at my Historical Novels website, www.HistoricalNovels.info.
The only novel I can think of involving the Crimean War is the one I discuss in this note:
2341 Until the Colors Fade A Novel by Tim Jeal (read 18 Nov 1990) I read this because I so enjoyed the author's biography of Baden-Powell. This is a 1976 novel. The first part of the book spends much time on turbulent politics in England and the book ends in Crimea. The book is laid before and during the Crimean War, and is heavy with depiction of authenticity of its period. There are no heroes--no one I could admire. The Victorian scene is besmirched with attention to the characters' immoralities, including one overly explicit bedroom scene. I thought the early part of the book poorly written, and the writing dismayed me. The battle scenes in Crimea are well-done, but not really fun to read. I am not sure the book was worth reading, but one kept reading since as usual the story catches one up.
The first book I can remember reading about the Crimea was The Reason Why which I read after watching the Errol Flynn version 9which featured ridiculously inaccurate history).
(And if you go to Google Books and search using the terms Crimean War, Crimea, Sebastopol, Balaklava, etc, and using the setting Full View, you will find a lot of original source works on the war in PDF format).
Robert A. Mosher
The Reason Why is an excellent book - non fiction, but reads like fiction.
LOL, Foxhunter! Odd that it should be so satisfying to read about people in horrible discomfort while we are lounging in great comfort, whether on a cruise ship or on the sofa at home with a mug of hot chocolate.
It may be hard to find in the US, but The Rose of Sebastopol, by Katharine McMahon.
This book has not been mentioned so I set out my comment on it:
2534 The Destruction of Lord Raglan: A Tragedy of the Crimean War 1854-55, by Christopher Hibbert (read 18 Sep 1993) This 1961 book begins, not with Lord Raglan's birth, but with him at 19 and serving under the to-be Duke of Wellington. Raglan was the commander of the British troops sent to the Crimea in 1854 and died there on June 28, 1855. I have read other books on the Crimean War but the horribleness of conditions there in the winter are something I am not sure I realized before reading this book. It is simply inconceivable that such a pointless war would be put up with and in fact enthusiastically endorsed at the beginning by the British public. Raglan was actually a good guy and the terrific suffering of the troops was not his fault. This is a very good book on the Crimean War.
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