A Journal of the Plague Year

A Journal of the Plague Year

Book - 2001 | 2001 Modern Library pbk. ed
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Defoe's account of the bubonic plague that swept London in 1665 remains as vivid as it is harrowing. Based on Defoe's own childhood memories and prodigious research, A Journal of the Plague Year walks the line between fiction, history, and reportage. In meticulous and unsentimental detail it renders the daily life of a city under siege; the often gruesome medical precautions and practices of the time; the mass panics of a frightened citizenry; and the solitary travails of Defoe's narrator, a man who decides to remain in the city through it all, chronicling the course of events with an unwavering eye. Defoe's Journal remains perhaps the greatest account of a natural disaster ever written. A novel recounting the individual tragedies of the great plague of 1665.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2001
Edition: 2001 Modern Library pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780375757891
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: xv, 249 p. ; 21 cm


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Jan 22, 2013

Considered as a work of fiction, it's not much of a novel, rambling around and sometimes repeating itself, including some dry details about the numbers of dead (including charts). However, as an account of the plague, written by someone who experienced it, it's pretty fascinating.


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