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Subject: religion & historical fiction - Mormonism and Quakers
Date Posted: 1/7/2008 8:32 PM ET
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i learned alot about Mormons by reading Orson Scott Card's Saints (and a few other books he wrote but cant remember them right now.

 

im now looking for something in historical fiction about Quakers. 

 

anyone have any recommendations? 

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 8:37 PM ET
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The only book about Quakers I can think of is I Take Thee, Serenity but I don't remember it being Historical Fiction. But, Card's books are SciFi, aren't they?

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 8:37 PM ET
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Whoops - double post.



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Date Posted: 1/7/2008 8:57 PM ET
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did you enjoy I Take Thee?

most of Card's books are Sci Fi but he wrote Saints (i included a review below).  He also had a great series of books on the women of genesis...Rachel, Sarah & Rebekkah (those were awesome).

http://www.amazon.com/Saints-Orson-Scott-Card/dp/1596060867/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199757277&sr=8-1

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. First published in 1984 and marketed as a romance under the title A Woman of Destiny, Card's magnum opus deserves a wider readership than it has hitherto enjoyed. Best known for his fantasy fiction (Ender's Game, etc.), Card does an excellent job of depicting the Dickensian horrors of England undergoing industrialization in the early 19th century as well as the early trials of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints as experienced by his heroine, Dinah Kirkham. After converting to the new "Mormon" faith, Dinah emigrates from Britain to America, where she becomes one of the plural wives of the church's founder and prophet, Joseph Smith. The controversial Smith comes across as convincingly human as do the rest of Card's not always admirable characters. Not just for the LDS faithful (the author is himself a Mormon), this ambitious novel will appeal to anyone interested in a sensitive examination of the roots of religious feeling. (Mar.)
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Date Posted: 1/8/2008 1:49 PM ET
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I read it as a teenager, and adored it.

Date Posted: 1/8/2008 3:12 PM ET
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Oh, and thanks for the link to that book, I didn't realize that he'd done anything but Sci-Fi (and I was aware of the Biblical Women series) Thanks! I shall check it out.

 

ETA - that sounds like I consider his Biblical Women series Sci-Fi. Which I don't. I should have said, BUT I was aware... Sorry about that.



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Subject: fiction about Quakers
Date Posted: 1/8/2008 5:19 PM ET
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Some of my favorite books about Quakers are The Friendly Persuasion and Except for Me and Thee, both by Jessamyn West.  In the first-named book, the young man's personal dilemma about participating in the Civil War is one of the dramatic themes.

It seems to me that the wife in High Noon (film with Gary Cooper) was a Quaker, if I remember correctly.