Wednesday, August 18

book review

I just finished Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks and loved it! Not sure if ya'll know this about me, but I'm obsessed with period films and the like. Pride & Prejudice anyone?! I swoon every time...

I wish someone would turn this book into a movie! The book is a fictional tale about one woman's survival of the Great Plague...Not to be confused with the Black Death, a previous pandemic of the Plague. I got really interested in the history behind the novel and spent a while doing research...very interesting (and scary)! If you like period pieces you should definitely read this book!

get it HERE on Amazon.

Here are some of the reviews:

‘‘A lyrically written and emotionally engaging novel.”
The Independent (UK)

‘‘The plot is gripping, I like the psychological subtlety of characters struggling with a shifting world, and it’s packed with historical detail.”
Daily Mail (UK)

"This novel is quite captivating, so rich with period effect that it makes a great candidate for a screen drama.”
Weekend Australian

‘‘Year of Wonders is the moving story of a community, but it is also the account of a survivor, one of whose metal has indeed been tested and ‘refined’ through suffering, and one whose voice powerfully registers those changes, in ways that seem both recognizably historical and also uncannily modern.”
Australian Book Review

“A vividly imagined and strangely consoling tale of hope in a time of despair.”
O, The Oprah Magazine

“A former war correspondent, Brooks proves a gifted storyteller as she subtly reveals how ignorance, hatred and mistrust can be as deadly as any virus.  Based in part on the true story of Eyam, a rural Debyshire village whose rector persuaded residents to voluntarily quarantine themselves during the plague, YEAR OF WONDERS is itself a wonder.”
People Magazine

“With assured, elegant prose…Brooks keeps readers glued through starkly dramatic episodes and a haunting story of flawed, despairing human beings.  This poignant and powerful account carries the pulsing beat of a sensitive imagination and the challenge of moral complexity.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

2 comments:

bet5032 said...

I read this a few years ago as an undergrad and LOVED it! And I'm right there with ya on the period films (which resulted in a completly unnecessary and frankly useless BA in History)..!!

Ms. Bright said...

I've got to read this. I love the same type of books/movies.

P.S. just found your blog & love!
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