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Year of Wonders

af Geraldine Brooks

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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.… (mere)
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3.5 stars - This is a historical fiction novel about a tiny village in England that was devastated by the plague epidemic of 1665-6 that affected London. Brooks based the novel on an actual village whose residents made the unusual choice to adopt a voluntary quarantine until the epidemic was over so they would not spread the disease to nearby towns. In approximately a year of time, this small village lost about two-thirds of its citizens. The narrator of the story is a young widow with two small boys who serves as a maid at the rectory. Anna Frith serves as a voice of reason and as an indispensable aid to the community as she and the rector's wife try to nurse the sick as best they can.

I found the story an easy read that flowed well and kept my interest. The quibble I have is the ridiculous turn the story took at the end when the reader learns an uncomfortable truth regarding the rector. Brooks used some facts from the lives of real villagers in the book, but this part of the story was entirely fictitious. It was so unlikely that it would have been better to stick with something closer to the real thing even if it wasn't as sensational. Otherwise I enjoyed the book and thought the horrors of the plague were made realistic without becoming too maudlin.

I certainly felt glad that I don't live in an era that superstition is rampant and knowledge of disease practically nonexistent. At that time women might be accused of witchcraft just because they tried to help others with their knowledge of herbal remedies. I can't imagine how hard it was to not know why the disease struck and believe it was possibly a punishment from god. It helped me to think about the difficulties we have today that are such 21st century problems and so different from issues of the 17th century. While our modern problems are very real, no one will hang me as a witch because I used herbs to try to ease a family member's last hours and they died anyway. ( )
  boldforbs | Jan 15, 2021 |
The year is 1665 and Anna Frith is a widow at only 18 years of age. She has two young sons to support and she works hard. Life in a small village is hard, but she has support from her community and a job with the rector that help her earn her way. But her life is about to change, the life of everyone in the village is about to change, because the plague has come to Eyam.

Many people in London have fled the city, but the people of Eyam come together and decide to react differently. They will stay put, they will not risk infecting others with the disease but instead will isolate themselves from everyone else and hope, somehow, to get through it.

I loved the first half of this book, and more. It is wonderfully written, Anna’s voice is so perfect. She is young and has grown up uneducated in many ways, but she is intelligent and is quick to learn. So when she offered the opportunity to expand her education she takes it. She has had a hard childhood but a good marriage. It ended with her husband’s death in the mine and her circumstances have changed, and through the course of the book she lives through even more death and tragedy. She learns so much and really grows and develops as a person. I loved watching the little details of village life through her eyes. The descriptions are so well observed and described.

But the ending.
Urgh, it didn’t quite ruin the book for me, but it really did not work for me

I’d still recommend the book, it is beautifully told, and it is a nice challenge to all those books that seem to think everyone was superstitious a down-trodden in the middle ages. Superstition certainly makes it’s mark here, as it did in real life, but there was more to people than that, even if that is what we remember today. I also liked how Anna worked within the constraints of her time. She was a poor woman in dire circumstances. She couldn’t afford to keep to the strict gendered roles that may have been fine when situations were more normal. The Black Death had a huge effect on the social roles of England because of the loss of population. Things could not just go back to the way they were before, and Brooks makes that very obvious, the plague had long lasting effects.

So, all in all, I’d recommend this, but not whole-heartedly, but maybe you won’t object to the ending as I did. I think I might try another of Brooks at some time as I think this was her first novel, so maybe she doesn’t do the same weird ending with her later work? ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
I went back and forth about how many stars to give this book. Like so many others, I felt it is a five-star book all the way to the last 50 or so pages. Solid 5-stars. Exceptional writing. Historical accuracy. Fascinating subject (both from a historical as well as from a psychological stand point). But (BUT!), what in world happened to make the book end in such a way? I would read one line, and put the book down and just squirm and utter "What the hell? What the hell did I just read? She sucked his finger? What???" and then I would convince myself to get through it, and I did, but it was a struggle. I'm sticking with 4 stars because I enjoyed so much about this book that I am willing to overlook the bat-shit crazy ending, but oh wow was the ending ever nutty and far-reaching. Oh well. I would recommend the book with the warning to beware of the last 50 pages. Enjoy, but beware. And, on the off chance you are not put off by the whack-a-doodle ending, you'll probably love, LOVE this novel. Happy reading! ( )
  mageestarr | Dec 29, 2020 |
In 1665, the deadly bubonic plague settled in Eyam, a small town in Derbyshire. The inhabitants, moved by the words of their priest, William Mompesson, chose to isolate the village, neither travelling out of it nor allowing others into it, dooming its citizenry to die without outside aid, and saving those outside the village from contact with the disease. It was a brave move, one which would not go amiss in the 21st century's plague of Covid-19. In the novel Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks recreates the village of Eyam and its inhabitants, and pulls the reader headlong into the disease-ridden hamlet.

I was fascinated by the book and the people within it. The book focuses on Anna Frith, who has lost two small sons to the disease, and on the local rector and his wife, who provide practical help and spiritual comfort to the dying and their families. I can't believe how quickly I read the book; it was that engrossing. The book is definitely one of my favourites of 2020, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. ( )
  ahef1963 | Dec 28, 2020 |
I'm giving four stars out of respect for the first 80% of the book. The last 20% was not up to that standard. The writing was still beautiful, but the characters ran off the rails. I don't usually complain about unbelievable endings, but this one was unbelievable and not particularly satisfying. Additionally, I think the author had too much need to have the female characters be sympathetic and the male characters unsympathetic. Even during the best parts, the book sometimes felt so agenda-driven that some characters ended up too shallow. Still, it was beautifully written with mostly well-developed characters and plot enough to keep you reading, and I enjoyed it more than enough to justify the time I spent on it. ( )
  z-bunch | Dec 27, 2020 |
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Discriminating readers who view the term historical novel with disdain will find that this debut by praised journalist Brooks (Foreign Correspondence) is to conventional work in the genre as a diamond is to a rhinestone. With an intensely observant eye, a rigorous regard for period detail, and assured, elegant prose, Brooks re-creates a year in the life of a remote British village decimated by the bubonic plague.
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When spotted deaths ran arm'd through every street,
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The living few, and frequent funerals then,
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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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