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Historical accuracy

Discuss the February 2017 Book of the Month, The Diary of an Immortal by David J Castello.

Historical accuracy

Post Number:#1 by Julie Ditton
» 01 Feb 2017, 18:25

In many historical novels, the level of research varies greatly. If you are in your 80's or know your history, how accurate do you feel the book is? ( Basic premise of immortality excepted of course.)
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Re: Historical accuracy

Post Number:#2 by Donnavila Marie01
» 01 Feb 2017, 20:21

Written history is not a hundred percent accurate. Written history is at times, bias. The author may have a wrong interpretation of an artefact or oral history.Historical fiction is not accurate, it may only present a part of reality.
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Re: Historical accuracy

Post Number:#3 by MarisaRose
» 02 Feb 2017, 10:20

I think the historical part of this book kind of takes a back seat. The author uses major events as a backdrop for the story (example WWII when Steven finds the immortality pills), but I didn't think the historical aspect really impacted the story. The story could easily have taken place in a different time period, with Steven coming across these pills some other way. That being said, there weren't too many specific details which you could question the historical accuracy of.
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Re: Historical accuracy

Post Number:#4 by greenstripedgiraffe
» 03 Feb 2017, 09:16

In this particular book, I would have liked some additional backstory about the Dalai Lama. I don't really understand his importance. Or the difference between Dalai Lama, Confucianism, Buddhism, etc.
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Re: Historical accuracy

Post Number:#5 by MarisaRose
» 03 Feb 2017, 09:24

greenstripedgiraffe wrote:In this particular book, I would have liked some additional backstory about the Dalai Lama. I don't really understand his importance. Or the difference between Dalai Lama, Confucianism, Buddhism, etc.


You make a really good point! I also felt a little more explanation about Buddhism in general and the relationship with immortality would have been helpful given what a large role the religion played in the overall story. :hand:
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Re: Historical accuracy

Post Number:#6 by hsimone
» 14 Feb 2017, 03:23

I agree with others here - the historical aspect (WWII and the concentration camp) seems pretty accurate, but it isn't the focus of the read; therefore, there isn't much here about it. I also agree with a bit more explanation of Buddhism would have been more interesting and added to the story.
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Re: Historical accuracy

Post Number:#7 by Mollymae
» 14 Feb 2017, 22:28

I'm nearly half way through the book and see absolutely no accuracy or real discussion about Buddhism. I feel like the book is more of a fantasy than anything else.
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Re: Historical accuracy

Post Number:#8 by CatInTheHat
» 15 Feb 2017, 21:07

MarisaRose wrote:I think the historical part of this book kind of takes a back seat. The author uses major events as a backdrop for the story (example WWII when Steven finds the immortality pills), but I didn't think the historical aspect really impacted the story. The story could easily have taken place in a different time period, with Steven coming across these pills some other way. That being said, there weren't too many specific details which you could question the historical accuracy of.



I would tend to agree. Any historical period that was wrought with conflict and war would have worked.
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Re: Historical accuracy

Post Number:#9 by Ssinghal
» 07 Jul 2017, 06:51

In all my years of reading historical books, I've never come across any book that was 100% historically accurate. Every book is bound to have some historical mistakes. This is not the fault of the author. The faults are mainly due to stereotypes, incorrect interpretations, and incorrect transmission of oral history. This book was around 95% accurate historically, which is way more than many other books I've read belonging to the same genre.
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