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Subject: Year of Wonders
Date Posted: 8/31/2008 9:40 PM ET
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I just finished this book and would give it a 4 out of 5 rating.  I thought the ending wasn't as strong as it could have been, but was otherwise an engrossing novel.  If you like historical fiction, you will love the detail of village life in England 1666 as the plague wrecks havoc on the little place that became memorialized as "The Plague Village"

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 10:03 PM ET
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I loved the book, but HATED the ending.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 9/1/2008 2:00 AM ET
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Loved it.  The ending didn't bother me, but I sort of felt that she ran out of time.  The writing is wonderful.

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 7:32 AM ET
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I agree, the ending was a let-down for sure. I didn't hate it but it just didn't do much for me. Loved, loved, love the body of the book, though!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 10:54 AM ET
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Yes, I agree the ending was out-of-character and seemed forced.  But the rest of the book was well worth the read.

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 11:37 AM ET
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I enjoyed this book so much, and like you, was disappointed in the ending.  Because of this book, I ordered her March, which at times got a tad tedious, but on the whole, was quite enjoyable if you like that time.  Sheryl, if I recall, while you are not a big fan of the Civil War itself, you have enjoyed a few books of that time.  You just might like March which is based on the father from Little Women, thus on Alcott's father.  Fiction, to be sure though.  I also read, but just could not finish, her non-fiction, Nine Parts of Desire.  Fascinating at first, then just dragged on and on...



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Date Posted: 9/1/2008 1:17 PM ET
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Hey Bonnie, thanks for the recommendation!

For someone who isn't "into" the Civil War, I sure have read a lot of historical fiction about it!   Besides the O'shaare series (Killer Angels, etc) there was Black Flower (excellent), the Starbucks Chronicicles (first one good, then went downhill). 

Of course, I liked Little Women, so maybe March would be interesting too.  Interesting idea for a different author to take on the story of Alcott's father.

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 4:48 PM ET
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Sheryl, you are quite welcome.  Actually, it was the Killer Angel series and The Black Flower that got us so talking about these books back then.  I ordered the Black Flower because of you, and loved it so much that I also got his second book, The Year of Jubilo.  Unfortunately, it has been on my TBR for over a year.

As for March, it was exceptionally interesting, and I guess that is why I read it.  And what kept me going through it.  I certainly did, while reading, keep in mind Little Women, and what I'd already heard about Alcott's real family life.

 

 

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 9:58 PM ET
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I have not read The Year of Jubilo, but just ordered it!

March is on my wishlist now....

I have you to blame for my TBR pile growing again just when I had made serious headway!!!  :)

Thanks for the recommendations, I am actually pretty excited to read them both!

Sheryl

 

 

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 9/2/2008 1:39 AM ET
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March was very difficult for me to read because of the graphic abuse of the slaves in the beginning.  I read a bit and then had to put it down.  I may get back to it pretty soon.  Lovely writing though.

Date Posted: 9/2/2008 12:17 PM ET
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"Year of Wonder" was excellent.  Its the second book I have read in the format of a "year in the life".  The other was "Down The Common" - A Year in the Life of a Mideaval Woman.   I gotta tell you.    I was exhausted just thinking about all the work the wife of a commoner does.  Just taking care of a toddler.  We think its work now - How about picking up the child and running outside everytime you think she needs to go potty.  Or - having the entire family sleeping in one bed.   When we see this age depicted in the movies, we never see the nitty gritty of everyday life.  What an eye-opener.