U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Entertainment and Arts > Books
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 09-06-2008, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Springtown Tx
8 posts, read 59,859 times
Reputation: 22

Advertisements

Can anyone suggest some books that are written in the form of letters or diaries? I'm thinking of books like 84, Charing Cross Rd. if anyone knows this book. Many years ago I found a book called Australia Adventure by Anne Clark. She was the wife of the ambassador to Australia when Lyndon Johnson was president. The book was the letters she wrote to family and friends describing their life in Australia. I enjoyed both very much and would love to find more like them.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 09-06-2008, 07:47 PM
 
28,900 posts, read 48,730,888 times
Reputation: 46238
Those are known as epistolary novels (As in Epistle, get it?). Here's a good link for your reference:

Pamela, by Samuel Richardson.

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-07-2008, 03:56 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
13,395 posts, read 41,934,395 times
Reputation: 13373
The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B

This is the first book in a trilogy about Napoleon's first wife,Josephine.
I usually don't care for books told in letters or diaries, but this was very readable.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-07-2008, 05:45 PM
 
4,948 posts, read 17,175,208 times
Reputation: 2874
Quote:
Originally Posted by Donkey Rush View Post
Can anyone suggest some books that are written in the form of letters or diaries? I'm thinking of books like 84, Charing Cross Rd. if anyone knows this book. Many years ago I found a book called Australia Adventure by Anne Clark. She was the wife of the ambassador to Australia when Lyndon Johnson was president. The book was the letters she wrote to family and friends describing their life in Australia. I enjoyed both very much and would love to find more like them.
maybe what you are not looking for: ronald reagan and Nancy have a few books out.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-08-2008, 09:21 AM
 
3,553 posts, read 7,153,582 times
Reputation: 2334
Any of the books about Harry Flashman, "Flashman At The Charge", "Flashman In The Great Game", etc. Harry Flashman is a fictional character who, like Forest Gump in the '60s and '70s, is present at EVERY military, and many political event of the Victorian Age.

The books are historically accurate, well footnoted and funny as all get out. I learned more about 18th century (British) history from them then in any college course.

golfgod
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-16-2008, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
40,199 posts, read 19,602,490 times
Reputation: 46805
The Samuri's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama

This is one of my favorite reads of the last several years. It is written in the form of journal by a Chinese student who is in Japan to recouperated at the outbreak of the War between Japan and China. It is an exquisite slowly unfolding story of three people, a family and a village.....fascinating...enthralling....and sad. A gem of a book. I can't recommend it highly enough!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-17-2008, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Hoover, Alabama
673 posts, read 2,121,008 times
Reputation: 521
One that I read and enjoyed several years ago is the fiction book These is My Words by Nancy Turner. I've just discovered she wrote a couple of sequels to this book that I will have to put on my reading list!

In These is My Words, the entire story is told through the diary of the main character.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-19-2008, 10:41 PM
 
26 posts, read 107,279 times
Reputation: 22
Yes, The Time Travelers Wife. It is, hands down, one of the best books i've ever read. Its fictional and never clarifies whether they are supposed to be actual diary entries of the main characters but its always dated and from the point of view of to different people. There are some threads about it actually. I definately reccomend it.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-21-2008, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Maine
18,638 posts, read 22,402,363 times
Reputation: 22570
DRACULA.

'Tis the season!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-26-2008, 09:48 PM
 
Location: vagabond
2,631 posts, read 5,075,444 times
Reputation: 1307
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark S. View Post
DRACULA.

'Tis the season!
seconded. dracula is an awesome book, and it really does fit with the season.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Entertainment and Arts > Books
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2020, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top