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The Dancing Plague by John Waller
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Sep 16, 2009

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Frau Troffea stepped into the street and began to dance. Before the summer was over, hundreds of people in Strasbourg would find themselves gripped by the same urge, but what was it?

Waller takes the reader on a tour of medieval Strasbourg and what uncontrolled dancing meant to that society, and the implications for us, "more modern" people.

I have a few quibbles with the organization of the book (stick with it to the end, it's a quick read) but once you finish you'll be thinking a little harder about your own cultural assumptions and how you might snap...

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