Year of WondersWho has read this?
Posted 27 February 2004 - 12:40 PM
I didn't like it very much It takes place during the plague in 1666. The story itself is decently engrossing but I had lots and lots of trouble finding it believable. I felt that this was one novel that imbued characters from that era with today's sensibilities. I WISH it were true but I'm very skeptical and so I ended up reading nearly the entire book with a raised eyebrow. I had the same problem with The Red Tent (which I finally gave up on because I found myself getting too annoyed) so I'm wondering if it's really just my own personal problem.
Posted 27 February 2004 - 06:03 PM
Posted 27 February 2004 - 11:39 PM
I had a similar response to vagansmom; while plenty of the events were quite plausible and based on historical record, I found the characterizations and some of the speech to be too modern as well.
However, it was really fascinating to listen to her tell us about everything that really did happen, the historical documents she read, and what the town is like now. I remember her saying at one point that a sign pointing the way to the town reads "plague village" and that it struck her as ironic that such a sign would be used to indicate an attraction! But it is true that the town really did seal itself off from the outside world, was given provisions by a local noble, and that it successfully prevented the plague from spreading, even though the cost in human lives was enormous.
Posted 28 February 2004 - 03:15 PM
Posted 29 February 2004 - 07:37 PM
Posted 29 February 2004 - 08:16 PM
This was the era of "The Vicar of Bray" when officials fell all over one another to change denominations to suit the political winds!
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