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Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
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Jun 15, 12

bookshelves: historical-stuff, mysteries, science, npr-top-100-scifi
Read in January, 2009

I don't know why I didn't add this to GoodReads before now. It was such a nothing little book. Something my husband grabbed at the check-out line because he thought I might like it. I did, and I think I sent it to my dad. I can't get it out of my head. The imagery and the characters and the intrigue has stayed with me for - what, years? Two, I think. At least.

The exploration of the preparation she went through for the time travel - no brushing of teeth, no clipping of nails (let them break naturally), linguistic study and a language device in the brain, no showering...

The Good Priest, staying up late and praying for his village, doing everything he could to save them. The kind of priest you really want to be your priest, but hated by the aristocracy for his poverty and lack of formal education. A priest who fell in love with an angel. Stuff that made me seriously consider aspects of my own church...

Knowing that the plague is coming, and watching that dear little girl scratch the flea bites that cover her legs...

This is an author who knows people. Not only the ones she's writing for, but the ones she's writing about.
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