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Year of Wonders by Geraldine  Brooks
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Apr 27, 12

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Read from April 23 to 26, 2012

Brooks research is impeccable in her retelling of one villages choices during the plague year of 1665-1666. Told through the voice of Anna Frith, young widow and maid to the rector and his wife, we see how the violent and explosive plague ravages the small town and wreaks havoc on everything from basic physical health to the social order.

The language and descriptions are true to the times; not once did Anna make any observations that I felt were beyond her or her time. This book inspired me to look up quite a few of the words used to describe various parts of the house, and also to read up on the plague in England during that time.

The one thing that kept this book from getting more stars was the ending. It seemed totally out of character and implausible. I'm not sure how this book could have ended happily, but this out of the blue ending just didn't ring true to me. Ah well, it's a small quibble when compared to the rest of the book which is very very good.

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