Year of Wonders
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Spring 1666: when the Great Plague reaches the quiet Derbyshire village of Eyam, the villagers make an extraordinary decision. They elect to isolate themselves in a fateful quaruntine. So begins the Year of Wonders, seen through eighteen-year-old Anna Frith's eyes as she confronts the loss of her family, the disintegration of her community, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit love. Based on a true story, this novel explores love and learning, fear and fanaticism, and the struggles of seventeenth-century science religion to interpret the world at the cusp of the modern era.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The relationships were deeply written and the courage of the characters was believable. An interesting look into what may have been going through the minds of ythese remarkable people.
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"I bought this book on sale hoping for a good read before I released it through the bookcrossing site.
I couldn't put the book down! Except for about 20 pages towards the end of the book (when the ending looked like it was going to be an unbelievable "happily ever after"); the story was moving and believable.
"An astonishing re-creation of how it felt to be a victim and survivor ... vivid in its humanity."
Mailed to boreal on 15/3 as a trade after she so kindly sent me a book on my wish list".
Not sure whether I will put this on my shelf as part of my personal collection or keep it moving. Thank you blue1236.
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The plague strikes in a tiny village, and its inhabitants decide to quarantine themselves in order to prevent spreading the infection. Anna, a mere housemaid to the rector, becomes an unlikely hero through this tragedy. As time wears on and more people die, the villagers become desperate, turning to superstition and even violence. The story covers the entire event, from the delivery of the infected bolt of cloth to the reopening of the village all the way to Anna’s life afterward. When I think of the plague I usually think Middle Ages; this took place in 1666, well after the first colonies in America were founded. Even so, medicine was still quite primitive, consisting of barber-surgeons with their leeches and wise women with their herbs. Perhaps most fascinating is the afterword, where the author reveals that her story was based on the real village of Eyam who made a similar decision to cut themselves off from the rest of the world. In addition to the history, there is a lot of discussion of faith in the face of adversity, the role of women in society, and the nature of disease as it was known at the time. There’s quite a lot of story packed into this slim volume. Definitely recommended.
I plan to continue its journey via bookray or RABCK.
On its way to jumping in as part of bookstogive's General Lit. VBB. Enjoy!
Thanks, Shroffland, for sharing!
This is a novel not easily forgotten as a young woman struggles to survive during a year of extreme hardship. I have read and enjoyed a couple of other novels by Brooks including PEOPLE OF THE BOOK and MARCH and will be looking forward to more from her.