Saturday, 14 May 2011

Thoughts: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Authors like Geraldine Brooks remember me why I love to be a reader. Her story about young Anna, who is living in a small village in the far North of England in 1665, grabbed me by the hair and pulled me under water, where I was reading, struggling for air but only coming up when I finally had finished. It is not Brooks' writing which lets me fight for breath, because the writing is simple and slow paced but beautiful, it is the horrible sensation I felt when reading about the plague and how many of Anna's neighbors became it's victims. In 1665 a bolt of cloth, housing plague seeds (commonly known as fleas), comes to Anna's remote village. When the first people die the community decides to shut the gates in and out of the village and isolate themselves to prevent the Black Death from spreading. One year later hope arises, could it be that the plague's rampage is stopped?

Anna is a fascinating character, a simple girl with her heart on the right spot, she is used to hard work and won't give up. In one year she has to face the truth about the human spirit, god's rage and the loss of many beloved ones. I cared for her and her well-being as much as she cared for the well-being of the villagers.

I didn't like the end though. The last 50 pages were needless and I didn't like that Brooks moved the main character from the main scene because of a forced reason.

4 stars!


  1. I love Brooks, and can't wait to read this one. Her books are always about really interesting topics.

    Have you read People of the Book?

  2. I could not get into this book but I loved People of the Book. Hmmmm, I am odd I guess.

    Visiting from the hop and following you. Have a great weekend.

  3. People of the Book was one that I loved! I read Year of Wonders right after that and although it took me a bit to get into it, I finally felt comfortable with it and loved that one, too. I think she's a fantabulous storyteller! :)

  4. Thanks for the recommendations. I plan on reading People of the Book in the future. Has anyone read Caleb's Crossing? Did you like it?