by Kevin Kerr
In the fall of 1918, a world ravaged by four years of war was suddenly hit by a mysterious and deadly plague—the �Spanish Flu.” The illness struck not only the young and the elderly, but also people in the prime of their lives, advancing rapidly toward mortality in its victims. This phenomenon in effect brought the terror, the panic, the horror and the sense of helplessnes...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Talonbooks
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Apr 14, 2007 Kit A. rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: history buffs, prairie folk, dark humourists
Unity (1918) won the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, so I probably should've given it a higher rating. Fact is, I just don't really enjoy reading plays, okay? Also, I'm not big on historical fiction, which makes me a horrible Canadian, I do realize. Despite these two things working against me, I enjoyed reading Unity for the most part. Not only did it not bore me, but it was actually funny, although often in a profoundly morbid kind of way. I like re-reading Bea and Sissy's argument...more
This is a wonderful play. I've managed to catch two different productions at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. Historical apocalypses are thin on the ground, but that's the best description for this story of a small town infected by the post-war influenza of 1918.