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The Plague

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The Plague

Post by Margaret » Wed September 10th, 2008, 10:25 pm

Just finished reading Company of Liars by Karen Maitland, which is set in 1348, the year the Black Plague arrived in England. That was an exceptionally rainy year, and the novel is quite vivid in portraying the difficulties the flooding brought for travelers and everyone else. This was an ARC copy; the novel is due in U.S. bookstores September 30, but I think it's already out in the U.K. I've posted a review at http://www.HistoricalNovels.info/Company-of-Liars.html.

Another good novel about the plague is The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. It's a time-travel novel, but the historical part is exceptionally well researched. It belongs somewhere on my "best historical novels" list, perhaps not the top 10, but probably in the top 20 - and I don't usually care for Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
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Post by diamondlil » Wed September 10th, 2008, 10:47 pm

One of the most harrowing scenes of the plague that I recall reading about was in Forever Amber.
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Post by Amanda » Wed September 10th, 2008, 11:27 pm

I love plague! Sounds a bit weird put that way, but I do have a bit of a thing for reading books about the plague(s).

Restoration by Rose Tremain also has a little plague, and The Illuminator mentions it as happening earlier (30 years or so IRC), and society was changing because of it.

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Post by Divia » Wed September 10th, 2008, 11:44 pm

Yeah I wanted to read more about the Plague too, but didnt like Year of Wonders. I might give this one a go though.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed September 10th, 2008, 11:49 pm

[quote=""Amanda""]I love plague! Sounds a bit weird put that way, but I do have a bit of a thing for reading books about the plague(s).

Restoration by Rose Tremain also has a little plague, and The Illuminator mentions it as happening earlier (30 years or so IRC), and society was changing because of it.[/quote]
If you are curious as to the origins and spread of the plague, you should check out 'the Great Mortality: an Intimate History of the Black Death by John Kelly. He does a very thorough job of it.

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Post by Amanda » Thu September 11th, 2008, 12:20 am

[quote=""MLE""]If you are curious as to the origins and spread of the plague, you should check out 'the Great Mortality: an Intimate History of the Black Death by John Kelly. He does a very thorough job of it.[/quote]

Oh good! I have that one on the TBR pile.

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Post by Margaret » Thu September 11th, 2008, 9:21 pm

Whatever one might think of Ken Follett's World Without End (and it does have its flaws - chief among them, IMHO, being the overly modern personalities of most of the major characters), it does an excellent job of showing the societal changes brought about by the plague and the way it depopulated the country.
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Post by Debra » Tue January 27th, 2009, 12:42 am

[quote=""Margaret""]Just finished reading Company of Liars by Karen Maitland, which is set in 1348, the year the Black Plague arrived in England. That was an exceptionally rainy year, and the novel is quite vivid in portraying the difficulties the flooding brought for travelers and everyone else. This was an ARC copy; the novel is due in U.S. bookstores September 30, but I think it's already out in the U.K. I've posted a review at http://www.HistoricalNovels.info/Company-of-Liars.html.

Another good novel about the plague is The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. It's a time-travel novel, but the historical part is exceptionally well researched. It belongs somewhere on my "best historical novels" list, perhaps not the top 10, but probably in the top 20 - and I don't usually care for Sci-Fi/Fantasy.[/quote]




I loved the Willis book too. I've not been too fond of all of her books but this one is a favorite. Also, Ann Benson's series is quite good,

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Post by Laura » Tue January 27th, 2009, 2:24 pm

Margaret, please take a look at the Goodreads group:
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/2415.Plague_Books

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Post by Margaret » Tue January 27th, 2009, 7:50 pm

Thanks for the tip, Laura. I notice the yellow fever epidemic in the U.S. is mentioned. That was a terrible problem along the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana in the 1800s after the population increased and before people discovered it was spread by mosquitoes.
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