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Subject: john jakes north and south series
Date Posted: 8/24/2010 10:06 AM ET
Member Since: 9/11/2008
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I have read john jakes 1st book in his north and south series and thoroughly enjoyed it. I tried to read the second book in the series, but have been unable to keep reading it because I am getting mixed up with all the characters in the book and what they are doing and where they are. Has anyone else had this problem? I know Mr. Jakes is a great writer and I don't really mean to be critical. I'm starting to think my little brain just can't consume stories of this magnitude. I was also wondering if his series that starts with the book "The Bastard" has this many characters and situations going on at one time. If so perhaps I need to put them on the site. Maybe someone with more patience would really enjoy them.

Just wondering,



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Date Posted: 8/24/2010 10:59 AM ET
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Maybe it would help to make your own character list if the book doesn't have one???

Sometimes, when I have this problem, I just ignore it and I find that the characters usually sort themselves out while I'm reading. As you read farther, they become easier to remember. I haven't read a John Jakes book yet, although he is on my list of "Must Read H/F", so I can't be of much help.

Good luck!

Date Posted: 8/24/2010 11:06 AM ET
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Thanks for the character list idea. I hadn't thought of that.

Date Posted: 8/24/2010 11:25 AM ET
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I haven't read North and South, but I have read the whole Kent Family series.  It does have a lot of characters, but IIRC, there is a family tree in the front or back of each book to help keep everyone straight.  Maybe you could make an enlarged copy of the family tree then jot a few notes about each character as you come across them.

Date Posted: 8/24/2010 4:00 PM ET
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Go read a summary of the first book if need be, and then make yourself a characters list. And a family tree if it will help.

I have these 3 books on my TBR pile, and look forward to eventually getting around to them. I remember watching the TV mini-series as a kid and LOVING it.