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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Year of Wonders: Geraldine Brooks

Anna Frith lives in a teeny-tiny village in England in the 1600s with her two young sons, already widowed at 18 when her husband died in a mining accident. A hot tailor moves to town and rents a room at Anna's house. Before anything really happens though, the tailor has delivered a large piece of material from London that sadly is infested with plague-ridden fleas. After the first deaths, the town rector argues that they must isolate themselves to not spread it to other towns, and for a year the town fights, dies, goes mad with superstition, and grieves. Except for the last 30 pages, which seem to come out of nowhere, this a fast and interesting read.

Burn it all! Burn it all! For the love of God, burn it!

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2 Comments:

  • And for the record, my insomnia's back a bit with the heat and the summer street noise, hence the late-night reading. I'm not even posting all the comic books I'm going through.

    By evt1618, at 11:39 AM  

  • I think I've read this book. Isn't that terrible -- I can't remember any details.

    By Anna, at 3:59 PM  

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