Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague
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... show more
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 quarantine to prevent the spread of disease. The story is told through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Anna Frith, the vicar's maid, as she confronts the loss of her family, the disintegration of her community, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit love. As the death toll rises and people turn from prayers and herbal cures to sorcery and murderous witch-hunting, Anna emerges as an unlikely and courageous heroine in the village's desperate fight to save itself.Exploring love and learning, fear and fanaticism, and the struggle of science and religion to interpret the world at the cusp of the modern era, Year of Wonders is at once a story of unconventional love and a richly detailed evocation of a riveting moment in history. Like Arthur Golden's Memories of a Geisha and A. S. Byatt's Posession, Year of Wonders blends learning and romance into an unforgettable read.
Publish date: August 6th 2001
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 308
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 17th Century
Geraldine Brooks is one of my favorite authors. Her writing is beautiful and her ability to put the reader in the past is second to none. This story follows a main character - Anna - and her village as they deal with the Plague. This is not a happy story, and my only criticism would be that it is...
***Note: this review assumes that you've read the book.*** One-sentence summary: this novel was a beautiful work of historical fiction until the last twenty pages, which were so unbelievable and out of context that the book was ruined for me. The writing. I absolutely loved the research and the ...
I have never thought about The Plague in these terms. This book really personalizes it. My thoughts on the subject are forever changed. Anna lives through so much pain. Many people would have just given up at some point. She looses her husband, kids, parents—all her family. . . actually 99% of ...
Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks' first novel, focuses on a year in the life of an English village, Eyam (EE-m), in Derbyshire - the plague year 1665-1666 - seen through the eyes of housemaid Anna Frith. The title, Year of Wonders, is taken from the poem Annus Mirabilis, by John Dryden - which Dry...
I borrowed this book as filler, with no expectations that it would be anything more. It ended up being one of the best books that I have read this year. The first person point of view makes Year of Wonders a poignant account of suffering and how that suffering can bring out the best and the worst in...