Wishlist Wednesday [#13]

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted @ Pen to Paper where we get to feature a book that’s been on our wishlist for a long time that we want to buy/read! I have a hugely extensive list that I keep updated over on The Book Depository so I’m never short of books that I’m wishing on.

Where do I make my lists? First and foremost I use my “sound good” shelf on Goodreads where I basically keep track of all the books I’ve encountered that tickle my fancy. BUT, The Book Depository has my most concise list of all the books that I so dearly want to throw my money at and look at one my shelf.


 This week I’m wishing on . . .

Russka
by Edward Rutherfurd

ADD IT ON GOODREADS

Genre: Historical Fiction
Author: Edward Ruthfurd
Published: Arrow
Publisher: June 1992 {1st pub. 1991}
Pages: 1024 {hardback}

In this vast and gorgeous tapestry of a novel, serf and master, Cossack and tsar, priest and Jew are brought together in a family saga which unrolls through centuries of history to reveal that most impenetrable and mysterious of lands – Russia. Through the life of a little town east of Moscow in the Russian heartland, Edward Rutherfurd creates a sweeping family saga from the baffling contradictions of Russia’s culture and her peoples – bleak yet exotic, brutal but romantic, land of ritual yet riddled with superstitious fears. From Russia’s dawn and the cruel Tatar invasions to Ivan the Terrible and the wild Cossacks, from Peter, Catherine and the days of War and Peace to the drama of the Revolution and the extraordinary events of today – here is Russia’s story in a spellbinding novel – history recreated with breathtaking detail and passion.

You really shouldn’t be so surprised to see this one. I love history! And I love Russian history!! Rutherfurd is a really interesting author, you see, he’s written a good handful of books all similar to this but set in different countries and therefore he’s just sort of a whiz at everything history. I super duper want to read this one because I think it’d be a magnificently fun insight into all things Russian and I hope that it’s compelling reading.

Admittedly, it is a terrifying 1000+ pager but I’m sure it’s worth it! My sister has his book on Paris, inventively called Paris, and whilst it was seemingly a bit of a struggle to get through (in fact I’m not 100% sure she’s finished it) I feel like this would be right up my alley. I think it really would be one hell of a journey covering a multitudes of things all in one encyclopaedia novel.

// GOODREADS // BUY //


 Also by this author . . .

Of course, this now means that we get to the fun part where we look at the other books that he’s written – grab your calculator for the page count!

[covers = Goodreads]

Sarum: The Novel of England

Sarum

Genre: Historial Fiction
Published: June 1997 {1st pub. 1987}
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 912 {paperback}

New York

New York

Genre: Historical Fiction
Published: September 2010
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 862 {paperback}

London

London

Genre: Historical Fiction
Published: October 2002 {1st pub. 1997}
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 1152 {paperback}

Paris

Paris

Genre: Historical Fiction
Published: April 2014 {1st pub. 2013}
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 809 {paperback}

The Princes of Ireland
The Dublin Saga #1

The Princes of Ireland

Genre: Historical Fiction
Published: March 2005 {1st pub. 2003}
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 778 {paperback}

The Rebels of Ireland
The Dublin Saga #2

Genre: Historical Fiction
Published: February 2007 {1st pub. 2004}
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 896 {paperback}

The Forest

The Forest

Genre: Historical Fiction
Published: July 2001 {1st pub. 2000}
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 784 {paperback}


 Have you read this? What did you think of it?

Let me know in the comments below!


End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~

5 thoughts on “Wishlist Wednesday [#13]

  1. it’s so interesting that he focuses on specific places/cities/countries for his novels!
    I have only read 2 1000+ page novels before, and that was in early 2015! They were amazing high fantasy novels, which is the only genre for which I’d make this exception. I’m generally terrified of long books. :s

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    1. I think it’s such a great concept but he must just inundate himself with research!

      And yes! Me too – if it’s high fantasy and that long then it’s fine, but historical fiction that’s this long makes me nervous *huddles in a cave for 8 years*

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  2. SO. I love Russia. Like absolutely adore it and I write Russian fantasy and I devour kiddie Russian history books because I am a wimp. So I get to thinking I should maybe read an honest to goodness Russian book — but 1000 PAGES??!?! OMG. WHERE IS MY CHILDHOOD. I SHALL BE IN THE PICTURE BOOK SECTION IF YOU NEED ME. (Just kidding.😂 I’m still totally adding it on goodreads! But #daunting) hehe

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    1. I KNOW IT IS SO LONG OMG. If you need me you’ll find me in the Arctic circle in 5.8 years time finally finishing this book and not entirely sure what happened. I can see that happening *nods seriously*

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