Can anyone recommend some good fiction? I don't read much fiction. I'd like to read some fiction that has good philosophy or Christian themes. But I'll be honest and tell you up front that I don't like laborious reading. For example, while I loved both "The Brothers Karamazov" and "Don Quixote", I really felt like those books could have been half as long without losing much. It seemed like it would take ten pages before something really profound was said. But those profound parts kept me reading through to the end. But it was a lot of work in between. That's what I liked about Hemmingway. I didn't agree with his worldview at all, but his writing is so simple and easy to read. I liked Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" very much too. I found that to be very readable. I've thought about trying Dickens again. "A Christmas Carol" is a work of genius. I may try "A Tale of Two Cities" again. Years ago I started it but couldn't get into it. So basically I need y'all to recommend some classic fiction for a simple minded man.
If you're looking for a novel with overtly Christian themes, I'd recommend the 1896 Quo Vadis
by Henryk Sienkiewicz (so-titled after an apocryphal story in which St. Peter is fleeing Rome to escape persecution, only to have Jesus appear before him. He asks, "Quo Vadis, Domine?"-Where are you going, Lord?, to which Christ replies, "I'm going to Rome to be crucified in your place." Peter returns and is crucified by Nero). The book itself is less about this story than the tribulations of the early Christians, the decay and debauchery of the pagan Roman aristocracy, and a pair of lovers caught in the middle of it all.
For other classic fiction, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books are enjoyable, and I don't just mean the Sherlock Holmes series, but others such as The Adventures of Brigadier Gerard
(about the extravagant exploits of a French officer during the Napoleonic Wars) or The White Company
(about a company of mercenaries during the Middle Ages). Doyle considered this second novel his finest work.