Year of Wonders

Year of Wonders

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers t When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as...

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Title:Year of Wonders
Author:Geraldine Brooks
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:358 pages pages

Year of Wonders Reviews

  • Roisin
    Dec 18, 2007
    I have to admit that I have never been a huge fan of historical fiction so this is not the kind of book that I would normally read. Having read several positive reviews and been impressed by the author's credentials, however, I started reading with an open mind. The writing style was v...
  • JanB
    Aug 07, 2007
    I would have given this a higher rating if not for the strange ending. ...
  • Judith
    Aug 28, 2007
    I enjoyed this a lot, but with some reservations. First of all, I knew the basic story very well from Jill Paton Walsh's wonderful children's novel "A Parcel of Patterns", so in a way, I didn't feel I was coming fresh to the book. Secondly, I felt the narrator was a bit of a Mary S...
  • Meredith Enos
    Jan 14, 2008
    A lot of people have complained about this book being slow, but I found it beautifully paced for what it was about--after all, the title is "Year of Wonders," which kind of sets up an expectation and timeframe right away. The pace helped set up a world, a time when things moved more sl...
  • Gina
    Jul 16, 2008
    Ah me, I'm afraid I had to reach for the smelling salts many times during Brooks' depiction of the plague's rampage through a small village in central England in the year 1666. The village and it's heroic decision to isolate itself to prevent the spread of the Black Death to other par...
  • Elyse Walters
    Sep 21, 2014
    Update: $1.99 kindle special today! It?s a WONDERFUL novel at a great price!! After reading "Long Man", by Amy Greene, not long ago....I was craving to read about another female character that 'might' remind me of Annie Clyde Dodson. I also wanted the story - like "Long Man" ...
  • Katy
    Mar 28, 2008
    I have to say that I liked this book. But, I was greatly disappointed in it. I came to the book knowing of the sacrifice of that village and knowing, too, that when people sacrifice in such a way they are abundantly blessed by God. Unfortunately, the latter was completely missing in th...
  • Francine
    Dec 27, 2007
    I had read a couple of Geraldine Brooks' essays for my Lit Theory class while I was in grad school, and while I was never one of those ultra-feminist types, I liked what she wrote about women as being strong, independent and intelligent creatures without overtly politicizing femininity...
  • Laura
    Jun 30, 2008
    1666. A young housemaid walks through the empty streets of a village decimated by plague. She attends to the rector, a formerly charismatic leader now sequestered in his empty house, listless and faithless. The previous year a bolt of fabric from London brought bubonic plague to this r...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    Nov 23, 2015
    4.5? A realistic, grim account of England?s Great Plague of 1665-1666 as told by Anna, a very young village widow. Brooks?s writing is what makes this bearable and compelling to read. The Black Death had been around for hundreds of years--during the Roman Empire and the late...
  • Rebecca
    Jun 06, 2008
    Year of Wonders is a historical novel about a small English town 100 miles outside of London. It's the year 1666, and the town has been struck by plague, brought to them by a London tailor boarding with our narrator, Anna. The village is so remote that when the plague first appears the...
  • Julie G
    Jul 02, 2008
    I honestly have two totally different ranks for this book: one of the first 200 pages and one of the last fifty. The last fifty pages totally ruined everything I loved about the first 200. If I weren't reading on my computer, I'd throw it across the room. Year of Wonders is inspired...
  • Jennifer (aka EM)
    Feb 06, 2013
    Update: Mar 29/13--I don't know why I did it, but the very fact that I did it (finished this book) was going to lead me to up it to three stars. But now that I've done it I'M TAKING THIS DOWN TO ONE STAR -- HOLY MOLY AND GOLLY GEE WILLIKERS BUT I AM P.O.'d AT THIS BOOK. None of the...
  • Will Byrnes
    Jul 22, 2009
    Year of Wonder offers a you-are-there account of the plague year of 1666 in the English countryside, seen through the eyes of Anna Frith, a young maid, widowed with two young boys. The inspiration for the story is the actual village of Eyam, in Derbyshire. After it was clear that t...
  • Amy Bruno
    Dec 09, 2008
    ***SPOILER ALERT****** Year of Wonders is a novel inspired by the true story of the little town of Eyam in Derbyshire, known as the Plague Village, during the years 1665 - 1666. Although the cause of how the plague showed up in their village is still unknown, the villagers' decision...
  • Hannah
    Jan 23, 2011
    Rarely has a book so captivated and then disappointed me with such a 180 turn to what I called utter "dreckage". Year of Wonders managed to do this, infortunately. In order to review, I have to break the book up between pages so that you can see where the trainwreck happened for me,...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Mar 27, 2012
    ?My Tom died as babies do, gently and without complaint. Because they have been such a little time with us, they seem to hold to life but weakly. I used to wonder if it was so because the memory of Heaven still lived within them, so that in leaving here they do not fear death as we d...
  • Judith E
    Feb 25, 2019
    The bubonic plague hit Eyam, England in the 1600?s like the apocalypse. Geraldine Brooks writes a grim tale based on a true incident in which this village is nearly annihilated and causes its residents to question God?s existence, God?s ability to intervene, and the power of natu...
  • Julie
    Jul 10, 2017
    I'd like to entitle this review How I Wish I Liked Geraldine Brooks More and subtitle it (for dramatic effect) How I Narrowly Escaped the Plague. True story: Last year, right before Labor Day here in the States, our dog became somewhat lethargic and had swelling around his neck. And...
  • Lyn
    May 12, 2012
    Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks 2001 novel describes the plague years of 1666 and concludes with a very unusual and somewhat unbalanced ending. While reading I thought of Arthur Miller?s The Crucible and of course Camus? The Plague (and I forgive her much about the ending for...
  • Connie G
    Aug 07, 2017
    The book gets its title from John Dryden's poem "Annus Mirabilis, The Year of Wonders, 1666" in the epigraph. It was the year when the black death ravaged England, and the Great Fire destroyed parts of London. Geraldine Brooks brings us to the small village of Eyam, Derbyshire where bo...
  • Mike
    May 22, 2014
    This is a book about the bubonic plague so I am basically expected this by the end: Spoilers abound below along with a not insignificant amount of profanity:(view spoiler)[ So, expecting this book to be bleak, I shunted all of the emotions I anticipated feeling into the area of...
  • Carol
    Sep 19, 2012
    Year Of Wonders is the story of a very young, but determined and brave young widowed housemaid, Anna Frith, who (view spoiler)[ loses her two children (hide spoiler)] to the horrors of the plague, but soldiers on to help the town minister and his wife fight the contagion while quarant...
  • Heidi The Reader
    Nov 21, 2017
    Year of Wonders tells the story of Anna, a servant to a pastor, and how she emotionally and physically survives the plague while the majority of her village falls ill around her. I was enthralled. I listened to the audiobook on my daily commute and it was fantastic. You get the v...
  • Cheryl
    Oct 01, 2013
    Read about it and "its blows fall and fall again upon raw sorrow." Its words will carry you through "a patchwork of grays," for it is not just a sense of melancholy that drives the mood of this novel; rather, it is an abhorrent obscurity. The kind of murkiness that once upon a time, en...
  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Jan 28, 2013
    This is the captivating story of the bubonic plague in a small English town in 1665. This is a part of history that should be told!! Written as a novel of historical fiction with a wonderful heroine. I love this sad yet essentially uplifting story about a town that sacrifices itself...
  • Shelagh Rice
    Jan 08, 2017
    This was a really good historical fiction book, I have never read anything from this era before. It is set in 1666 and the plague is heading for a small rural village. The story is told from the perspective of Anna Frith a young married housemaid with two young children. This is a fasc...
  • Zanna
    Jan 01, 2014
    I loved reading this because I've known the story since I was very small & been to the place The protagonist is a poor woman The most heroic character is a liberated woman The most courageous characters are all women The author celebrates the lore and spirituality of cunning...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Dec 20, 2016
    Anna Frith resides in a remote village where a bolt of cloth delivered from London brings with it the bubonic plague. Guided by a vision bestowed upon the town minister, Anna and her village elect to quarantine themselves, hoping to prevent the plague from spreading. Days of quarantine...
  • Beata
    Jan 05, 2018
    I'm still reading the novel and must admit it's really gripped me. The novel presents the atmosphere in a 17th century remote English village during the Plague, but not only, it describes a small rural community, the beginnings of mining, witch hunting and superstitions, all of which u...