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This month’s question is:
“What was the first book (or book series)
you really fell in love with?”
Tough question! I started reading at a young age and enjoyed many series, like Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason, Ian Fleming’s James Bond, Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct, etc. Then there were classic novels, like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Great Gatsby. I could go on…..
Historical fiction has always been a favourite genre. There’s one series that mesmerized and impressed me more than any other:
The North and South Trilogy
by John Jakes
North and South is a 1980s trilogy of best-selling novels by John Jakes which take place before, during, and after the American Civil War. The saga tells the story of the enduring friendship between Orry Main of South Carolina and George Hazard of Pennsylvania, who become best friends while attending the United States Military Academy at West Point but later find themselves and their families on opposite sides of the war. The slave-owning Mains are rural gentleman planters while the big-city Hazards live by manufacturing and industry, their differences reflecting the real divisions between North and South which ultimately led to war.
The first novel, North and South, was published in 1982, and was followed by Love and War in 1984. The trilogy was completed with Heaven and Hell in 1987. All three novels debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list, with North and South reaching #1 within four weeks on February 28, 1982. All three novels were also ranked within the top ten hardcover fiction bestsellers for their respective years by Publishers Weekly. As of 2007, ten million copies of the trilogy remain in print.
The novels were each adapted into television miniseries starring Patrick Swayze and James Read in 1985, 1986, and 1994. The first installment, 1985’s North and South, remains the seventh-highest rated miniseries in TV history. – WIKIPEDIA
I acquired this series in the ’80s, while playing games with Book Club Associates. They would offer 6 or 7 books for $1.00 each on sign-up, with the proviso that you purchase 3 or 4 more within a two year period. I would fulfill the quota after a few months, cancel my membership, wait awhile, then enroll again. This went on for decades and allowed me to amass a huge library of hardcovers, which I still have.
This is a heartwrenching saga, rich with characterizations on a backdrop of historical fact. As a history junkie, I lose myself in the story and can envision every scene in vivid detail. The mini-series were excellent, even though one key plot point was changed. Here’s a taste:
Do you like historical fiction?
What’s your favourite genre?
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