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Editorial Reviews. Review. Geraldine Brooks's Year of Wonders describes the 17th-century plague that is carried from London to a small. From //Annus Mirabilis, The Year of Wonders, // by John Dryden. About the author. Geraldine Brooks is one of Australia's greatest authors. Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more.

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Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague. Article (PDF Available) in Download full-text PDF . guide her. Geraldine Brooks, a correspondent. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Geraldine Brooks For the online version of BookRags' Year of Wonders Premium Study Guide,

What do we learn about Mompellion and his faith from the first section of the text? This first section introduces us to the character Mompellion. First impression provides a man who is lost in grief, with only Annas memories to provide an insight into the man he used to be. The most symbolic evidence of this is when we read about the Bible that lay unopened beside him and also the moment where he deliberately, with much meaning, drops the bible to the floor. The Holy Bible, to which he dedicated his entire life. What impression has Brooks given us about the roles of women at this time? This was a time of great oppression for women as the church ruled this era with an iron fist.

Kindle Edition Verified download. Like several reviewers, I would also suggest you stop reading the book at the point the Bradfords return and it is 'apple-picking time' again. From that point you have my permission to imagine your own ending to the story , hopefully consistent with the main plot and time period.

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In my opinion a very good story went haywire for reasons unknown and tumbled into odd 'regency-like romance' territory. To be honest, I would have flung a 'book' against the wall, but since I was reading on my Kindle I quickly ruled that out. I do appreciate this author, and have read two other books by her.

But I am sorely tempted to ask her "Why?

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Our book club chose this to read. When we did, I thought at least there's a female central character, but I expected it to be a major depression inducing read. I was not certain that I would be able to finish it.

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But as I opened it, dutifully to at least attempt to "slog" through asap that I could tolerate, I was mesmerized by Anna's mind, observations, and life experiences. Even in her deepest moments of grief, there was something else that she needed to resolve and I wanted to know and share that with her. I literally could NOT put the story away and read the entire novel in one sitting.

And it was not just Anna's life that snared my interest, It was indeed a transformative Year of Wonders! If you live long enough, you are guaranteed to live through some extended periods of time that shake your view of yourself and the role that you must play on this Earth and remake yourself or break. There were examples of the entire spectrum with these villagers. The ending of this book is so bizarre and out of touch with the rest of the book that it ruined it for me!

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There is a twist at the end that is just ridiculous and impossible to believe. Not only that, but the Kindle edition has so many,, distracting. There will. I actually wish I could get my money back on this one.

Historical Fiction Books. The exhaustion, depression, and even madness that resulted from months of seeing their family members suffer and die, their neighbors lose heart and minds to the affliction, innocents put to death as witches, the villagers discover their unsuspected weaknesses, some finding strengths they had never thought to have.

Anna loses much herself, but discovers a great gift for healing and caring for others that is valued by many, then betrayed by those she admires. Paperback Verified download. The village rector and a nearby nobleman decide that the village must be cut off from the wider neighborhood, with the nobleman delivering food and supplies to the sufferers so that they will not leave and risk spreading the contagion to the countryside.

A flash-forward at the beginning tells us more than we perhaps needed to know of the outcome; not sure it was wise to frame the story in this fashion. As the disease works its way through the villagers, the vagaries of human nature drive the action, making the experience of the characters both more and less traumatic.

I liked the writing style very much, apart from a bit of awkwardness at the beginning.

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For the most part, I felt the characters were well drawn and their actions made sense in context, though a few seemed to dance too much to the piping of the plot requirements. There were also a few more characters than could be followed with ease, though the number made sense because in a small village setting the heroine would naturally know everybody.

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As for the ending, which many reviewers have commented on, the first surprise made sense to me, but the final surprise seemed unnecessary and out of left field. But someone needs to solve the conundrum of how to create a heroine who is true to her age but still relatable to modern readers!

Perhaps writers need to look for inspiration to the strengths of a Fanny Price or an Anne Elliot. Presently on holidays on England, and about to visit the Peak District, setting for this novel, I decided to read this as background. I've read many of Brook's novels, but had missed this, first, one. And it is a great beginning to an illustrious writing career.

Based on fact, she has woven an engaging tale of human reaction to adversity. It's instructive to think what our own reaction would have been to such a challenge. See all 1, reviews.

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A Novel Kindle Edition. The Three Miss Margarets: Louise Shaffer. Carrie Rubin. She does this by pretending to be the ghost of the deceased Anys Gowdie. The villagers punish her by casting her into a disused well that now serves as a manure pit, in which she nearly drowns.

She is completely incoherent and in a catatonic state by the time she is brought out in the morning, and the rector postpones dealing with her crimes fully until the plague is over. As no more are stricken with the Plague, the remaining villagers become secure in the fact that the Plague is truly gone from their village. Mompellion chooses to hold a service of Thanksgiving for their deliverance. Mompellion succumbs wholly to grief and the total loss of his faith in God.

Without their rector to guide them, the villagers also descends into ennui, too traumatized after so many months of death and suffering. As Anna discovers a will to live in spite of the ordeal, she seeks to comfort Mompellion, and they are drawn together in equal desire and desperation for each other. After they make love, Mompellion confesses his own dark secret regarding his relationship with Elinor He admits to never having sexual relations with his wife because of a sin she committed earlier in life , and Anna is repulsed.

She flees, and finds the newly returned Elizabeth Bradford, who confesses that her mother is in labour with a bastard child and sure to die. Anna goes with Elizabeth and is able to safely deliver the baby. As the Colonel would not permit the bastard child to live, Anna offers to take the child and leave the village permanently. In the epilogue, she briefly narrates the three years since she left Eyam. Upon her arrival, she seeks out a Muslim doctor, having found physick and midwifery to be her vocation.

This tale is the first novel from Geraldine Brooks, an acclaimed journalist who went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for her novel, March. In many ways, Year of Wonders sets the tone for the novels that would follow in Brooks' career, which bring historical fiction and social commentary together in delicious packages.

So, yeah—it might not feature any brain eating, but Year of Wonders sure packs a mean punch. Why Should I Care? The main characters of Year of Wonders often act like modern people who traveled back in time to s England.

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Anna, for example, casually dismisses religious superstition in a way that seems out of place in this pre- Enlightenment society. Anys, on the other hand, goes even further: she's the embodiment of a s hippie, years before hippies came into existence.

This little bit of disconnect with the time period actually works out great for us readers. Why, you might ask? Because it helps us see how much our perspectives on social issues have changed over time.

This change is most pronounced when it comes to the issue of women's rights. Whether we're talking about marriage as a property arrangement, the rampant repression of sexuality, or overbearing religious principles keeping women subjugated, this novel shows how women weren't given a fair shake for So how does Anna Frith react to this sort of oppression?