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Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague
Year of Wonders A Novel of the Plague
Author: Geraldine Brooks
This gripping historical novel is based on the true story of Eyam, the "Plague Village," in the rugged mountain spine of England. In 1666, a tainted bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to this isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly qu...  more
ISBN-13: 9780670910212
ISBN-10: 067091021X
Publication Date: 8/6/2001
Pages: 400
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4.2 stars, based on 63 ratings
Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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This is a very engrossing story told in amazing detail. I highly recommend the book but be warned - it is one horrific tragedy after another, and the author spares none of the gory details.
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Helpful Score: 17
Fascinating, realistic portrayal of life in an English village during the plague. Wonderful read and very well written & researched.
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Helpful Score: 16
A beautifully written story of a young woman surviving through a year when the plague killed most of her friends and family.
It's based on a true story - the author read of a small village in England where the people decided to quarantine themselves to avoid spreding the disease to neighboring towns and villages. She built the character and other details around this framework.
I couldn't stop reading until I had fnished the book!
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Helpful Score: 8
This is a wonderful book. Well-written and moving. Note that all her research shows up in tangents to the plague. That isn't a bad thing, but the book is more a story of life during that time: mining, law enforcement, ideas on witchcraft, etc. I've read many books on the plague--from Defoe to Cantor--but it was interesting to see a broader take on life during that time.

If you like this one, you might like "1066: The Year of the Conquest." It is a history of the Norman invasion as experienced in one village.
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Helpful Score: 8
What a simple life. Also makes you wonder, as I'm sure they did, why some were infected and others not. Have always heard about the plague but have never read a book where it made it so human. Recommend!!
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I love Geraldine Brooks' writing! I had previously read "People of the Book" and found it to be a very rich, haunting story. That was the case with this book as well. The story is so engrossing, you simply don't want to put it down. I highly recommend it!
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A really interesting story based on life in England during the time of the plague in the 1660s. Very well-written.
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A quick read about a horrible time. It draws you in without giving you too many horrid details.

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