Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Book review - Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Historical fiction, 2002
Subtitled 'A Novel of the Plague', and based on a true story, this book tells the story of one English village during the great year of the plague, 1665-1666. As the plague appears, and the villagers realise what it is, they decide to isolate themselves from the rest of the world so as to try to protect their neighbouring villages from the dreadful disease. As the village turns in on itself, its inhabitants struggle to retain their humanity and faith in the face of the disaster.
What did I think?
I absolutely LOVED this book. It's the third of my book group books, and the best so far. It's hard to say why I liked it so much. It's not as gruesome as you might expect, although it does give a vivid account of what it must have been like in that village. It's not a cheerful subject, but it has some beautiful passages and there is happiness and love among the death. You know disaster is about to fall from the very beginning, but you still don't know exactly how or when. It's just so well written, and so complex, with more than just the story of the plague. It gripped me from the very first.
Would I recommend?
Would I read again?
Yes, I'm going to buy my own copy
5 out of 5. I loved it.