Year of Wonders

Year of Wonders

A Novel of the Plague

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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.
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ISBN: 9781441754530
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May 24, 2018

Geraldine Brooks is a wonderful writer, a terrible speaker. Read the book instead of listening to this awful reading.

Feb 07, 2017

Such a fascinating story about life during the time of the plague. I loved that the author reads it herself in the language of the year 1666. I do not think another reader would have done better.

Nov 24, 2014

Mrs Brooks put all the misery of the world into this this book with her pen and with her voice : why couldn't she
let a professional narrator do the audio version ? her dreadful performance ruins her work .

May 19, 2014

Unrelieved misery. Just when you think events can't get any worse, they do. The reader had a very unappealing voice. Having said that, I stuck with it till the bitter end, so it must have had something to say for itself but make sure you're in the right mood for this one!

Jan 13, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I lived in Sheffield for 15 years and often visted the Peak District and the villages cited in the book. Such a fascinating story and the author read it so well. I loved her soft spoken way of reading.

Dec 12, 2012

I've read this book twice, even went to Eams in the Peak District Derbyshire,North England, which was a bit difficult to get to without a car. I love this writer & the subject. The village is so interesting, the church yards where so many of the victims are buried. This may be fictional, but it so closely follows the actual events. Brooks is a wonderful writer - also one about her years in the middle East - her husband Tony Horwitz is a great writer also.

Dec 01, 2012

Very good story, loved the descriptions of life during the time of plague. Geraldine Brooks as a narrator was a little hard to get used to at first but her emotion and passion really came through the characters.

May 11, 2011

I just loved this book. Geraldine Brooks writes beautiful prose, and I never got bored. I was captivated by the main characters, and the strategies of the villagers to survive.


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