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Year of Wonders Kindle Edition

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Length: 323 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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Geraldine Brooks's Year of Wonders describes the 17th-century plague that is carried from London to a small Derbyshire village by an itinerant tailor. As villagers begin, one by one, to die, the rest face a choice: do they flee their village in hope of outrunning the plague or do they stay? The lord of the manor and his family pack up and leave. The rector, Michael Mompellion, argues forcefully that the villagers should stay put, isolate themselves from neighboring towns and villages, and prevent the contagion from spreading. His oratory wins the day and the village turns in on itself. Cocooned from the outside world and ravaged by the disease, its inhabitants struggle to retain their humanity in the face of the disaster. The narrator, the young widow Anna Frith, is one of the few who succeeds. With Mompellion and his wife, Elinor, she tends to the dying and battles to prevent her fellow villagers from descending into drink, violence, and superstition. All is complicated by the intense, inexpressible feelings she develops for both the rector and his wife. Year of Wonders sometimes seems anachronistic as historical fiction; Anna and Mompellion occasionally appear to be modern sensibilities unaccountably transferred to 17th-century Derbyshire. However, there is no mistaking the power of Brooks's imagination or the skill with which she constructs her story of ordinary people struggling to cope with extraordinary circumstances. --Nick Rennison, Amazon.co.uk

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Portraying goodness over the length of any performance is a dicey proposition. It so easily becomes cloying and saccharine, sometimes to the point of distracting from the story itself. That Stina Nielsen avoids such a pitfall it a testament to her talent. Brooks's novel follows a year of the plague through the experience of Anna Frith, a housemaid and the book's unlikely heroine. Nielsen imbues Anna with such honest passion and generosity that the character maintains our sympathies throughout a story steeped in loss, betrayal, and faith. M.O. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (14 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DI9SKW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Customer Reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars966 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,16,008 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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littlebookworm78
1.0 out of 5 stars No wonders here...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully researched and written
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5.0 out of 5 stars The famous village of Eyam.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Year of Wonders
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fact and fiction intertwined in telling a story based on the Black Death in A Derbyshire Village.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plague and it’s social effects
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4.0 out of 5 stars beautfully evoked and intense
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4.0 out of 5 stars The plague
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL, INSIGHTFUL AND MOVING
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