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Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
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May 26, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: books-i-teach-from, historical-fiction
Recommended for: Plague lovers, people I hate, people that like overdone crazy books
Read in August, 2007

This books was assigned as summer reading for the freshman history class I teach. I did not choose it, mind you, but that did not prevent me from having to read it so I'd be prepared for the students who had chosen to do so.

Geraldine Brooks' overambitious novel starts off well, describing rural seventeenth century English life adn the horrors of the Great Plague in the quarantined village. Then it dips into horror, parody, and absolute rambling self-righteous treacle before becoming an absolutely maddening ahistorical mess ending with a Moorish medical love affair in a distant Arab port city. Ridiculous, overblown. Potential readers should stop reading halfway through the plague's rampage.

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