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Year of Wonders tells the story of Anna, a servant to a pastor, and how she emotionally and physically survives the plague while the majority of her village falls ill around her.I was enthralled I listened to the audiobook on my daily commute and it was fantastic.You get the very real drama of life in a small village mixed with the the despair that must have accompanied the plague There s finger pointing, people taking advantage of other s need and, above all, the need to rationalize why all o Year of Wonders tells the story of Anna, a servant to a pastor, and how she emotionally and physically survives the plague while the majority of her village falls ill around her.I was enthralled I listened to the audiobook on my daily commute and it was fantastic.You get the very real drama of life in a small village mixed with the the despair that must have accompanied the plague There s finger pointing, people taking advantage of other s need and, above all, the need to rationalize why all of the deaths were occurring.My favorite part of this book was when Anna stopped in the middle of her hectic life to reconsider how she viewed God She uses common sense reasoning to pick apart why a deity would allow such tragedy to occur and then wonders why the young are taken rather than the old.She comes to the conclusion that what s happening is a biological thing rather than a divine thing Then, once she has that straight in her mind, she s better equipped to handle everybody else s irrational responses to the plague without being bogged down by her own.Anna is a great heroine She has her flaws a flirtation with opium addiction to dull her grief and a crush on someone else s husband but she tries to be a good person Mainly, she s just overwhelmed by what s going on and wants to feel loved and safe.She cares for the ill, helps an orphaned child hold on to her family s lead mine and tries to help her village keep body and soul together.The ending of Year of Wonders was incredibly shocking to me, but in a good way Geraldine Brooks stayed true to her characters but took the story in such an unexpected direction, that I had to turn it off for awhile to absorb what I had just heard.Highly recommended for book clubs or people who love historical fiction Year of Wonders is wonderous indeed Update 1.99 kindle special today It s a WONDERFUL novel at a great price After reading Long Man , by Amy Greene, not long ago.I was craving to read about another female character that might remind me of Annie Clyde Dodson I also wanted the story like Long Man to be inspired by true events.and lastI wanted the writing to be gorgeous rich, beautiful prose..character drivenrealisticI wanted to get in touch with that feeling which is different than the many modern Update 1.99 kindle special today It s a WONDERFUL novel at a great price After reading Long Man , by Amy Greene, not long ago.I was craving to read about another female character that might remind me of Annie Clyde Dodson I also wanted the story like Long Man to be inspired by true events.and lastI wanted the writing to be gorgeous rich, beautiful prose..character drivenrealisticI wanted to get in touch with that feeling which is different than the many modern contemporary novels I read YEAR of WONDER was the perfect choice.it satisfied what I was longing for YikesSo much is so darn sad The character, Anna Frith, leading female, inspired me, and comforted me with her calm kindness This was another book I couldn t put down page turning engrossing The PROSE is exquisite The rich quality was all there that I was looking for The writing blew me away A dark storywith writing that exceeds your expectation thoughts will linger If you liked Long Man , you ll love Year of Wonder..or vice versa I would have given this a higher rating if not for the strange ending. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Year of Wonder offers a you are there account of the plague year of 1666 in the English countryside, seen through the eyes of Anna Frith, a young maid, widowed with two young boys.Geraldine Brooks image from Mondoweiss The inspiration for the story is the actual village of Eyam, in Derbyshire After it was clear that the plague had set up shop in their village, the residents elected to voluntarily quarantine themselves for the duration Eyam is the only locale known to have taken on such a sel Year of Wonder offers a you are there account of the plague year of 1666 in the English countryside, seen through the eyes of Anna Frith, a young maid, widowed with two young boys.Geraldine Brooks image from Mondoweiss The inspiration for the story is the actual village of Eyam, in Derbyshire After it was clear that the plague had set up shop in their village, the residents elected to voluntarily quarantine themselves for the duration Eyam is the only locale known to have taken on such a selfless burden And so it is with the fictitious village here As residents die in increasing numbers Rector Mompellion pleads with them to willingly confine themselves to the borders of their village, lest they carry the contagion abroad Most agree, and remain In Eyam, services were held in the open air and families stood apart for each other in order to avoid the spread of infection image from BBC.comBrooks shows the stages of the contagion, from the first plague death, a boarder in Anna s home, to the clear spread of pestilence to increasing numbers of residents, to the hysteria of the ignorant, looking for someone to blame The payload in Year of Wonders is the up close and personal look Brooks offers of what it was like to live through the Black Death, both in glimpses of the physical travails suffered by plague victims and in the impact of the steep population reduction on the functioning of society.The late 17th Century was the era of The Restoration Charles II was the king The Cromwell era had come to an end, and Puritanism was losing its hold on the population This tension appears in the Year of Wonders as characters move from a strictly drab wardrobe to one with some brightness, the town adjusts to the change from a Puritanical cleric to one with a less severe view of human nature We also see the very harsh struggle of believers with their faith How could a loving God allow such an abomination as the plague Brooks captures some of the madness of the time as a pre scientific view of causality leads some villagers to scapegoat women who were healers, seeing in their knowledge a power that was inexplicable and thus unacceptable A clear case of Ignorance is Power that persists to this day.From the Eyam museum Elizabeth Hancock had no choice but to drag each of her children to a field next to the family farm and bury them The payload is the thing here, the close look at the time, the plague, The Restoration But the way one delivers that material is via characters and story The book reads fast It is engaging and interesting But Anna Frith seemed to me a character drawn with a very 21st century sensibility She is a feminist heroine, overcoming the limited choices of 1666, using her superior intelligence, and working in a dose of entrepreneurialism to boot While there may have been elements of scientific curiosity extant at the time, it is doubtful that those currents would have flowed as far as remote English mountain villages Thus Anna and Elinor s the rector s wife sense that good nutrition, to be obtained through the wise application of natural herbs, was a way to combat illness seems unlikely The attitude of Anys Gowdie an herbalist and healer towards sexuality also seems remarkably modern for 1666 I have found that in some books with a feminist theme or even most mixed gender TV commercials showing married people, for that matter there is a lot of oversimplification Women good, men bad, or stupid Yes, I know that in Year of Wonders there are evil females as well, and there were plenty of bad men to go around, but the only truly good as far as we know , liberated man George Viccar gets whacked early on No, Sam Anna s late husband does not count, being rather a simpleton And after portraying the rector so positively throughout Yes, I did note the signal tantrum it seems a cheat that she consigns him to the evil men pile There were hints of bodice ripping in the earlier chapters that made me wonder if I had inadvertently picked up a romance Thankfully that abated.Image from the BBC George Viccars was Eyam s first victim of the plague he died on 7 September 1665 Anna Frith is allowed to make some errors of judgment, but it seems that this is only to offset her general perfection She is almost too good, too strong, and I confess that this got on my nerves a bit She lands on her feet so consistently that she might have been a centipede So, while I did enjoy the book, and learned a bit about the time always welcome , I had issues.If you want to learn someabout The Black Death, you might want to check out In the Wake of the Plague Medieval historian Norman Cantor looks at an earlier 1348 1350 plague and examines the societal and historical impact Good stuff EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, FB, Twitter, and GR pagesItems of interest Definitely check out this article from the BBC about the village Eyam Eyam plague The village of the damned by David McKenna Wiki on The Restoration History.com The Black Death Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks 2001 novel describes the plague years of 1666 and concludes with a very unusual and somewhat unbalanced ending While reading I thought of Arthur Miller s The Crucible and of course Camus The Plague and I forgive her much about the ending for the mention of Oran which could NOT have been coincidence This is simply, elegantly written and yet the force and brutality of the plot, told in such straightforward prose is also reminiscent of Sinners in the Hands of Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks 2001 novel describes the plague years of 1666 and concludes with a very unusual and somewhat unbalanced ending While reading I thought of Arthur Miller s The Crucible and of course Camus The Plague and I forgive her much about the ending for the mention of Oran which could NOT have been coincidence This is simply, elegantly written and yet the force and brutality of the plot, told in such straightforward prose is also reminiscent of Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God another obvious and brilliant reference relentless and shocking Anna Frith resides in a remote village where a bolt of cloth delivered from London brings with it the bubonic plague Guided by a vision bestowed upon the town minister, Anna and her village elect to quarantine themselves, hoping to prevent the plague from spreading Days of quarantine turn into weeks As the months come and go, villagers grow restless Death is prevalent in every household suspicion and anger mount as villagers yearn for someone to blame for their plight Anna soon faces far g Anna Frith resides in a remote village where a bolt of cloth delivered from London brings with it the bubonic plague Guided by a vision bestowed upon the town minister, Anna and her village elect to quarantine themselves, hoping to prevent the plague from spreading Days of quarantine turn into weeks As the months come and go, villagers grow restless Death is prevalent in every household suspicion and anger mount as villagers yearn for someone to blame for their plight Anna soon faces far greater perils than the devastating plague Year of Wonders is brimming with the same elegant, beguiling prose one can anticipate from any book written by Geraldine Brooks At the edge of the field, the hedgerows were deep green in their glossy leaves and the blackberries beginning to plump and redden Fat lambs, their fleeces gilded by sunlight, grazed in lush grasses Instead, I lingered in the quiet grove behind the church, where the old graves are It is a lumpy place, where the ground has heaved and sighed into grassy mounds and the briar roses tumbled in a bright profusion of ruddied hips over graves whose markings are weathered and barely legible.While the village is portrayed as a beautiful place any would be lucky to wander, the author depicts the horrors of the plague with equal skill, making use of ghastly descriptions that spare no detail The day of his death, the strange circles bloomed on him vivid crimson welts rising in rings just beneath the topmost layer of his skin As the hours passed, these turned violet then purple black, hardening into crusts It seemed as if the flesh inside of him was dying while he yet breathed, the putrefying meat pushing and bursting its way out of his failing body Eighteen year old Anna Frith remains a fascinating character from start to finish She faces many hardships but remains a strong woman with a loving heart, befriending outcasts and dabbling in perilous medicinal trades Despite the many dreadful events she bears witness to, Anna maintains a tender view of the worldHe died as babies do, gently and without complaint Because they have been such a little time with us, they seem to hold to life but weakly I used to wonder if it was so because the memory of Heaven still lived within them, so that in leaving here they do not fear death as we do, who no longer know with certainty where it is our spirits go This, I thought, must be the kindness that God does for them and for us, since He give so many infants such a little while to bide with us Occasionally the pacing in Year of Wonders stumbles and slows, but it always picks up again and eventually arrives at one of the most satisfying conclusions of any book yet read A lot of people have complained about this book being slow, but I found it beautifully paced for what it was about after all, the title is Year of Wonders, which kind of sets up an expectation and timeframe right away The pace helped set up a world, a time when things movedslowly, when people werethoughtful, when people paid attention to the seasons and nature This is a beautifully narrated, incredibly seamless for the amount of research that must have been put into to it, it r A lot of people have complained about this book being slow, but I found it beautifully paced for what it was about after all, the title is Year of Wonders, which kind of sets up an expectation and timeframe right away The pace helped set up a world, a time when things movedslowly, when people werethoughtful, when people paid attention to the seasons and nature This is a beautifully narrated, incredibly seamless for the amount of research that must have been put into to it, it reads so smoothly novel I liked the evolution of the protagonist, the way she gained power and still moved within her role in society That being said, the ending just friggin killed it for me It was totally Hollywood ized and a total cop out At turns a romance, a horror, and an action adventure in 20 or so pages but really bad Bad, like Who killed Bobby Ewing bad Sigh I was really pulling for 4 stars here, and then the ending is.5 or 1 star So it averaged out to a heavily weighted 2 stars There was a village in England which was different from others and it has a heartbreaking history The story is a true one, some names are changed and it has been fleshed out in fiction.1666 saw King Charles the Second, the burning of London, and the creation of the Royal Geographical Society for the study of science was created.But this book is about a real town in Eyam A town like any other except for the bubonic plague.Apparently carried in by a bolt of cloth, the town decided to quarantine There was a village in England which was different from others and it has a heartbreaking history The story is a true one, some names are changed and it has been fleshed out in fiction.1666 saw King Charles the Second, the burning of London, and the creation of the Royal Geographical Society for the study of science was created.But this book is about a real town in Eyam A town like any other except for the bubonic plague.Apparently carried in by a bolt of cloth, the town decided to quarantine itself no one could leave, nor one enter They felt they would make a vow to suffer the scourge alone Man or Science became the question The minister believe this a way to contain the disease Most puritans thought it a punishment from God One girl named Anna did not.She began what was to become her life s work She studied medicine and she went to provide succor to whomever needed it Anna lost two boys to the plague, a suiter, and her husband 5 years earlier to the lead mines.Sadly, when people are together with incredible fear and stress, and no means or options, we see either the best or worst in people In the village of Edam, the worst was happening.They began turning on each other Several murders, a ghost who charged a shilling for talismans against the plague, a grave digger charging exorbitant fees.Ultimately, two thirds of the community died The minister, and Anna lost their strong faith in God, and the quarantine was lifted.A remarkable achievement, this book takes the reader through a year in the midst of the plague A small and easy to read, educational book One which describes the best and worst of a town I m sure extreme duress The characters are real people, taken from historical logs Some real names are used An unforgettable, beautiful and incredibly rich read.This book, this incredible journey, is highly recommended and a MUST READ My Tom died as babies do, gently and without complaint Because they have been such a little time with us, they seem to hold to life but weakly I used to wonder if it was so because the memory of Heaven still lived within them, so that in leaving here they do not fear death as we do, who no longer know with certainty where it is our spirits go This, I thought, must be the kindness that God does for them and for us, since He gives so many infants such a little while to bide with us 1666 was My Tom died as babies do, gently and without complaint Because they have been such a little time with us, they seem to hold to life but weakly I used to wonder if it was so because the memory of Heaven still lived within them, so that in leaving here they do not fear death as we do, who no longer know with certainty where it is our spirits go This, I thought, must be the kindness that God does for them and for us, since He gives so many infants such a little while to bide with us 1666 was not a good year for England with bubonic plague killing 100,000 people followed by The Great Fire of London which destroyed 80% of London or about 13,000 homes It is hard for us to conceive of a disease that can show up one day and within a few short months kill 75% of the people we know To survive is fortuitous, but to actually acquire the disease and survive is nothing short of miraculous The first signs were bulges at the groin called buboes Can you imagine the bone chilling fear that would course through your body at the first appearance of such bulges George Viccars, a tailor, made a very innocuous decision to order a bolt of cloth from London He used the cloth to make fashionable dresses for the ladies of Eyam little did he know the cloth was infested with plague carrying fleas The plague kills Viccars first and spreads quickly from family to family taking the youngest and fittest in greatest numbers William Mompellion, the minister of the shire, makes the heroic decision to quarantine the town and contain the contagion Through the eyes of Anna Frith we are exposed to the devastating effects of fear and loss on the small community Death brings opportunity to some and sends others into object poverty Anna, though besot by her own demons, does the best she can to not only survive her personal losses, but also make the fateful decision to devout her life providing help and succor to those who need it most The midwives, medicine women, who command a deep knowledge of herbs and roots that would provide the most help during an outbreak of a deadly disease are the first to be treated with distrust Their knowledge is looked on as magical well beyond the understanding of an under educated population You would have thought these women had green skin and made grand statements likeI ll get you my pretty , but they were just women interested in understanding the world around them and making the best use of what nature providedAnd so, as generally happens, those who have most give least, and those with less somehow make shrift to shareThe rich flee Eyam and the rest stay, intent on riding out the worst of the contagion They had no conception of just how horrible things were going to get This is based on a true story The book shows people at their very best and their very worst It made me consider what I would do Could I be as brave as Anna Could I support the leadership of a Minister intent on keeping me and my family in harms way Could I help those already infected There are many things to admire in this tale The ending though is odd I notice that other reviewers mentioned the ending and I agree it was unexpected, but maybe we are all just underestimating the courage and determination of one woman Two other plague novels that I really liked are Company Of Liars by Karen Maitland and The Pesthouse by Jim Crace I have no reviews for them unfortunately, because I read them before finding the wonderful community of goodreads Company of Liars is told in a similar vein to Chaucer s The Canterbury Tales and Pesthouse is a postapocalyptic America regressed to Medieval conditions If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at ^READ EBOOK ↠ Year of Wonders ↯ When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer Through Anna s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of , as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a year of wonders Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history